Historic Rehabilitation

Our firm got its start doing Historic Rehabilitation and adaptive reuse in the Portland and Brunswick, Maine region.  Our focus on historic rehab projects was, and is, to respect the design of these historic structures, the suitability of the design for the location, and the durability of these surviving buildings, while also assuring that the renovation meets the needs of modern businesses.  The special challenge with these kinds of buildings is to balance the need for efficient, modern, affordable office/retail space while maintaining the historic fabric of the original structure.

We completed two Certified Historic Rehabilitations in Portland’s Old Port Historic District in 1982 – 1984, using federal tax credits available at the time.  The first, 5 Milk Street, was a 19th century brick shoe mill which, in 1982, was being used as a warehouse near the waterfront and near a reviving business and shopping area.  The second, 4 Milk Street, was a modest 3 story wood timber building formerly used as a confectionary factory, with tin clapboard siding required of all wood construction in downtown Portland after the Great Fire of 1866.

We completed several other historic rehabilitations on Free Street in Portland in 1985-1988, taking advantage of the lesser tax credits available for buildings not deemed eligible for historic designation by the Maine Historic Commission.  These projects renovated attractive brick and granite façade buildings built in the 19th and 20th centuries, and included in their planning and development the recognition that partial demolition for new construction could be desirable for these center-city sites some time in the future.