Recent Grant Awards

National Maritime Heritage Grant Award - Portland

Portland, Cumberland County
Enhancing the Visitor Experience at the Portland Observatory
Applicant: Greater Portland Landmarks
Amount: $40,000.00

Greater Portland Landmarks is undertaking a major project at the Portland Observatory (National Historic Landmark) for enhanced use of the multi-level, octagonal space to safely accommodate and engage a 40% increase in visitors, refresh exhibits, and incorporate new objects.


National Maritime Heritage Grant Award - Swan's Island

Swan's Island, Hancock
Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station Restoration
Applicant: Town of Swan's Island
Amount: $85,000.0

This grant is for the restoration of exterior masonry, interior masonry immediately under the catwalk, and remediation of the catwalk underside. Masonry repairs with halt moisture incursion through the masonry walls.


New Century Community Fund Grant

York, York
Short Sands Shipwreck Documentation
Applicant: Wells National Estaurine Research Reserve
Amount: $3,090.00

The remains of the Short Sands Shipwreck were recently exposed at Short Sands Beach in York, following a powerful coastal winter storm and erosion of the beach. Designated MHPC site inventory number 497-004, this historic wooden vessel has been exposed numerous times since 1958 and most recently in 2018. While some limited documentation has occurred during each period of exposure, the origin and history of the shipwreck, and its eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places remains undetermined. This study will collect wood specimens from the hull of the vessel for species identification and dendrochronology. The resulting data will be used to identify the source and potential date rage for the felling of timber used in the vessel's construction. Additionally, unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetry will be used to document the current condition of the site and any exposed remains of the vessel. The resulting orthomosaic and 3D model will provide important baseline date for the future management of the shipwreck site, and to document and assess the overall integrity and setting of the site.


Certified Local Government Grants

Saco, Portland and Bangor
Conference Stipends
Applicant: City of Saco, City of Portland, City of Bangor
Amount: $3,000 each

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission offered stipends to attend either the National Alliance of Preservation Commission's FORUM Conference or the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street NOW Conference in 2018. The opportunity was available only to the members of a Certified Local Government's (CLG) Historic Preservation board, committee or commission, or to associated municipal staff members. Three CLG communities applied - Portland, Saco and Bangor - each to send three people to the conferences. Eight of the nine stipends were for attendance at the FORUM conference and one was for the Main Street NOW conference.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Grant - 2018

Portland
Historic Preservation Program Manager Support
Applicant: City of Portland
Amount: $20.000.00

The City of Portland will receive $20,000 to support the position of Historic Preservation Program Manager within the Department of Planning and Urban Development. Certified Local Government (CLG) grant funding has been key to maintaining consistent and professional staff for the Historic Preservation program when municipal finances have been limited. Planned initiatives for the next year include the development of appropriate preservation/conservation measures for the Munjoy Hill neighborhood, the development of a landscape master plan for the Western Promenade, a multiple-resource designation for the Forest Avenue auto row, improvements to the preservation program's website, and outreach and support for preservation in other communities. The total project cost is expected to be $99,116.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Grant - 2018

Topsham
Topsham Fairground Grandstand Roof Repair
Applicant: Town of Topsham
Amount: $24,995.00

Built between 1860 and 1870 the National Register-listed Grandstand at the Topsham Fairgrounds is thought to be the oldest building of its type still in use in Maine. Agricultural County fairs are an annual tradition throughout Maine and the Grandstand is located next to the race track and field. Harness racing and large animal and tractor pulling contests are still held during the Sagadahoc Agricultural Society Fair each year. Many other events during the warm season are scheduled at the grandstand before, after, and during the fair. In general, the building is in good shape and has been regularly maintained, but the roof is failing. The current project involves the removal of the existing asphalt shingles, the replacement of any needed roof sheathing, and then re-shingling of the roof with 30-year shingles. Total project cost is estimated at $56,037.28.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Grant

Statewide
Maine Codes and Preservation
Applicant: City of Portland
Amount: $3,750.00

Although state and national life safety and accessibility codes include provisions for historic properties, the application of these codes are not commonly understood by the members of the public who serve on municipal historic preservation boards or committees. This project creates a presentation on the applications of the NFPA Life Safety code, IEBC 2015, and 2010 ADA Standards for Accessibility to qualified historic buildings in Maine. The focus of the training materials will be on those portions of the codes that impact exterior alterations of historic buildings; those applications most likely to be seen by Maine's community review boards. Training materials will be in the form of a narrated PowerPoint presentation circulated to Maine's CLG's Historic Preservation Commissions in order to assist them with reviewing historic properties in their communities. Copies of the presentations will also be made available to Commissions in non-CLG communities in Maine, as well as the Maine Municipal Association for use with training municipal Code Enforcement Officers. Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Grant - 2018

Auburn (Androscoggin) and Belfast (Waldo)
Certified Local Government Workshops
Applicant: City of Portland
Amount: $7,911.90

Each year the Maine Historic Preservation Commission offers training for local historic preservation board-members and staff in the state's 11 Certified Local Governments. Partnering with the City of Portland, this year's training consists of two different workshops. This format was chosen in order to provide two opportunities for the CLGs to attend the annual training. The workshops are Beyond the COA: Expanding the Vision of the Historic Preservation Commission (Auburn, September) and Within Our Reach: Researching and Writing Grants to Benefit Community Historic Preservation (Belfast, October). The two workshops will provide an opportunity for CLG board members to consider how to better engage and educate their communities and also help those seeking grants to strengthen their grant writing skills, increase their knowledge of grant opportunities, and to develop the confidence to do both. The visioning session will also provide an opportunity for the CLG communities to start to discuss setting goals for their commissions including but not limited to public outreach programs, future National Register nominations, and expansions of local districts. Both workshops are geared toward those communities that have achieved CLG status; however, the workshops will also be open to those communities that are seeking CLG status, have a historic preservation ordinance or are in process of writing their historic preservation ordinance.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Grant - 2018

Bangor, Penobscot
City Hall Entry and Facade Restoration
Applicant: City of Bangor
Amount: $24,400.00

The focus of this project is to rehabilitate the entrances to Bangor City Hall, built between 1912-1913. Originally constructed as the US Federal Building, it underwent considerable renovations in the late 1960s which included replacement of the historic entry doors with aluminum doors. This project will replace the non-period front doors with doors more similar to the original and to repair the arched windows and pediment moulding over each doorway. The project will also repair and stabilize the exterior granite steps, cheek walls, and concrete terraces to the building's front and side entrances. The two projects will increase accessibility to and safety at City Hall. The total project cost is expected to be $116,255.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Historic Preservation Fund Grant - 2018

Readfield, Kennebec
Trompe l'oeil Ceiling Conservation, Phase 1
Applicant: Union Meeting House Company
Amount: $17,250.00

The Readfield Union Meeting House was constructed in 1828 and features remarkable trompe l'oeil painting by Charles Schumacher on the walls and ceilings. This project will preserve the endangered sections of the trompe l'oeil painting in the northern half of the ceiling. Recent conservation work has focused on preserving the decorative painting on the flat plaster walls of the apse and on repairing the sub-structure of the sanctuary. Recently it was discovered that the ceiling plaster has detached in many places and is in danger of falling, necessitating immediate consolidation work to prevent the loss of this important portion of the building's decorative material. The total project cost for the north half of the ceiling is estimated to be $37,000.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant - 2018

Portland, Cumberland
Western Promenade Master Plan
Applicant: City of Portland
Amount: $21,686.00

The Western Promenade, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and locally designated as a historic landscape district, is one of Portland's outstanding scenic assets. While the Promenade has received regular maintenance, its original design intent has been compromised over time. Volunteer vegetation has been allowed to grow up in some areas, concrete sidewalks have deteriorated and the prominent gazebo which originally served as a key focal point on the Promenade has been lost. Funding assistance from this grant will enable the City of Portland to prepare a master plan to guide improvements to the Promenade that preserve and restore its unique visual qualities and characteristics. The landscape master plan will document the Promenade's original design intent, identify the specific elements that contribute to its overall visual character, provide an analysis of existing conditions and use-patterns, and identify emerging issues and needs that need to be addressed. On the basis of this documentation and analysis, the plan will provide detailed recommendations for the Promenade's rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance. The total project cost is estimated to be $43,372.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant - 2018

South Portland and Portland, Cumberland
Greater Portland Historic Resources Survey: Identifying Historic Resources Threatened by Sea Level Rise
Applicant: Greater Portland Landmarks
Amount: $7,155.00

The project sponsored by Greater Portland Landmarks will identify and document historic resources in two neighborhoods, the Ferry Village area in South Portland and the Bayside neighborhood in Portland, that are threatened by the impacts of climate change. One of the most noticeable impacts of climate change in these two cities is tidal flooding. As sea levels rise, greater Portland communities are experiencing more frequent tidal flooding associated with storm surges and King Tides. Portland and South Portland are currently working on compiling a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan to prepare the cities for the impacts of climate change. The survey information will be presented to the planning departments of the two cities, as well as made available on-line and presented in public presentations. The total project cost is expected to be $14,310.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant - 2018

Bath, Sagadahoc
Historic Ceiling Pant Analysis at the Winter Street Church
Applicant: Sagadahoc Preservation, Incorporated
Amount: $5,375.00

This project will collect and analyze paint decoration on several large sections of the collapsed ceiling plaster in the 1844 Winter Street Church in Bath. Historically the ceiling featured decorative stencil work from 1890 and 1914. After the ceiling collapsed in 2015 plaster samples were collected in anticipation of restoring the decorative paintwork when the ceiling is repaired. The first phase of the project collected the samples and the second phase involved analysis of several plaster samples. This third phase will study additional plaster samples as well as sections of the building's walls and trim, which were decorated en suite with the ceiling during each of the building's decorative campaigns. The final products include a detailed report on the paint analysis, as well as several archival sample boards recording the ceiling's principal motifs. The total project cost is expected to be $10,850.


National Maritime Heritage Grant Award - Bath

Bath, Sagadahoc County
Into the Lantern
Applicant: Maine Maritime Museum
Amount: $42,141.00

The National Park Service has awarded a $42,141.00 National Maritime Heritage Program grant to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine to support the Into the Lantern educational exhibit. The grant is administered by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission on behalf of the National Park Service.

Into the Lantern will give visitors an historical perspective of the role of lighthouses and the evolution of lantern lighting, as well as a current-day view of what takes place in our busy harbors and an appreciation of the value of maritime industries to our economy and culture. This exhibit will make it possible for people who might otherwise be physically unable to negotiate the steps of a real lighthouse tower or who have no access to a lighthouse to have the simulated experience of being at the top of a lighthouse. This proposal seeks funding toward the cost of refurbishment of the lens and the fabrication and installation of a simulated mercury float base for the lens.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation's maritime history. The National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the MARAD's National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.


National Maritime Heiritage Grant Award - Rockland

Rockland, Knox County
The Apprentice Shop: Maritime Skills Program
Applicant: Atlantic Challenge Foundation
Amount: $50,000.00

The National Park Service has awarded a $50,000 National Maritime Heritage Program grant to the Atlantic Challenge Foundation in Rockland, Maine to support the Apprenticeshop's Maritime Skills Program. The grant is administered by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission on behalf of the National Park Service.

Building on the Appreticeshop's rich history of boatbuilding and seamanship that extends over forty years, in 2016 the organization launched their Fisherman's Academy pilot program offering traditional maritime skills to area youth. This program targets high school students through hands-on curriculum that complements the standards and lessons necessary for graduation. Traditional boat building, sailing and seamanship are used to challenge individuals to explore their personal potential. The STEM-centered courses include such offerings as The Science of Boatbuilding, The Physics of Sailing, and Maritime History: Traditions and Storytelling. The Apprenticeshop operates in a three-floor facility that includes two floors of woodworking and boatbuilding workshops, and an exhibition area, maritime library and seamanship class space on the third level. The facility is conveniently located on Rockland's working waterfront and has a fleet of traditional rowing and sailboats used in the programs.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation's maritime history. The National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the MARAD's National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Various Locations in Maine
Identifying How Gutters Can Protect Maine's Historic Buildings from Climate Change
Applicant: Historic New England
Amount: $4,903.00

Historic New England is going to undertake a study of the adequacy of gutter systems during intense rain events. When property owners have gutter systems in place, they believe their buildings are protected from water damage, yet water can be a threat when gutters have been altered by repairs and are not performing as intended. Couple this with antidipated increases in storm frequency and intensity due to climate change, and Maine's historic buildings are at risk from water damage. Historic New England will study gutter conditions at nine properties throughout Maine, combine this information with forecasted storm conditions, and develop and broadly share recommendations on how Maine's historic property owners can ensure that gutter systems are protecting their buildings from water damage today and into the future. The estimated project cost is $9,806.00.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Yarmouth, Cumberland County
Yarmouth Architectural Survey
Applicant: Town of Yarmouth
Amount: $12,850.00

This is the first phase of a multi-year initiative to document historic architectural resources within the Town of Yarmouth. The project will be managed by Yarmouth's Department of Planning and Development, in cooperation with the Yarmouth Historical Society, the Village Improvement Society and the Yarmouth Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee. The intent is to document, in phases, all of the Town's historic architectural resources (structures built more than 50 years ago). This documentation will serve as the foundation for consideration of local regulatory and/or incentive-based measures to recognize, preserve and enhance the community's significant historic resources. This phase of the project aims to survey at a reconnaissance level approximately 550 resources over 784 acres in the village core. The anticipated project cost in $25,765.00


Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Lewiston, Androscoggin County
Lisbon and Commercial Streets Commerical Historic District Nomination
Applicant: City of Lewiston
Amount: $13,500

Over the decades portions of the core of Lewiston's commercial downtown have been listed in the National Register as individual properties or within a small historic district. However a comprehensive survey completed in 1995 and a first draft National Register nomination at that time by architectural historican Russell Wright recommended the development of a much larger historic district containing approximately 151 propeties. Demolitions and alterations since that time have somewhat altered aabd reduced the boundary of this eligible district. The current proposal is to prepare a National Register nomination that includes all of the previously listed properties in the downtown and approximately 60 additional commercial buildings, enabling them to apply for state and federal rehabilitation tax credits. The total project cost is estimated at $27,000.00 .


Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Kennebunkport, York County
Kennebunkport, Stage Island Archaeology Survey, Part 2
Applicant: Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
Amount: $1,000.00

This grant award funds the second year of a Phase I survey of possible pre-historic and historic sites on Stage Island. The island contains middens and possible remains of a fort. In the recent past lithic artifacts have been exposed due to sea level rise. The survey is expected to include approximately 70 test pits over 17 acres and utilize both paid and volunteer archaeologists. The estimated total project cost is $4,450.00.


Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Portland, Cumberland County
Portland Deering Highland Neighborhood Historic Resources Study, Part 2
Applicant: Greater Portland Landmarks
Amount: $3,825.00

This grant award funds the second phase of an architectural survey to document historic resources in the Deering Highlands neighborhood, an area bounded by Brighton Avenue, Stevens Avenue, Deering Avenue, and Woodford Street in Portland. Building on the 48 acre Phase I project conducted in 2016-2017, an additional 134 acres will be surveyed this year. Survey forms with photographs will be completed, a historic and architectural context statement will be developed, and the products will be compiled into a report for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the City of Portland's Historic Preservation Program. A public presentation will follow. The estimated total project cost is $7,650.00 .


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

York, York County
York Street Survey
Applicant: Town of York
Amount: $5,160.00

This grant is to update an architectural survey of upper York Street conducted in 2000. York Street is the entrance to York Village from the major through roads of Route 1 and I-95. It is the gateway to the historic town center and is crucial to the character and feel of the area as a distinct entity from the more modern and developed Route 1 corridor. The project will update survey forms, photograph and map the resources and upload the survey results into the state's Cultural Architectural Resource Management Archive (CARMA). The project will cover approximately 64 properties fronting on York Street between Route 1 and the existing Local historic district. The intent is for the survey results to inform an effort by the York Historic District Commission to extend the existing Village Center Historic District westward to include this area. The total project budget is $8,600.00.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Topsham, Sagadahoc County
Topsham Fairground Grandstand Roof Repair: Pre-development
Applicant: Town of Topsham
Amount: $2,500.00

Built between 1860 and 1870 the NR listed Grandstand at the Topsham Fairgrounds is thought to be the oldest building of its type still in use in Maine. Agricultural County fairs are an annual tradition throughout Maine and the Grandstand is located next to the race track and field. Harness racing and large animal and tractor pulling contests are held still held during the Sagadahoc Agricultural Society Fair each year. Many other events during the warm season are scheduled at the grandstand before, after, and during the fair. In general the building is in good shape and has been regularly maintained, but the roof is failing. This project will support the pre-development of plans and specifications by an architect for the future removal of the existing asphalt shingles, the replacement any needed roof sheathing, and then re-shingling of the roof with 30 year shingles.

The plans and specifications were completed in the fall of 2017

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Saco and Biddeford, York and Cumberland Counties
Saco-Biddeford Historic Preservation Public Outreach Series
Applicant: City of Saco
Amount: $3,248.00

The grant application supports a series of monthly lectures held at venues in Saco and Biddeford and covering a variety of topics of practical interest to homeowners of historic properties and residents of historic districts in Southern Maine. The speakers will include historic preservation professionals and practitioners who live and/or work in Maine. Working with the local cable television station the lectures will be recorded and re-broadcast via television and social media. Some of the topics already planned are historic paint analysis, energy efficiency in historic buildings, and preserving the historic cityscapes and mills of Saco and Biddeford.

For more information see http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=mhpc_news&id=767287&v=Article

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Portland, Cumberland County
Portland Lincoln Park Fountain Restoration
Applicant: City of Portland
Amount: $21,634.00

As part of the City's overall commitment to restore Lincoln Park, this grant will fund the restoration of the basin of the 1871 Lincoln Park fountain and install new underground plumbing to serve the fountain. The total cost for this part of the project is estimated at $111,180.00. The second part of the project, which includes restoring walkways but is not part of this grant request, will be coordinated with the installation of the plumbing for the basin.

The restored fountain was rededicated on October 11, 2017.# Information about the project and the rededication is available at http://www.pressherald.com/2017/10/10/restored-fountain-at-lincoln-park-a-piece-of-portlands-history-to-be-rededicated-wednesday/.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Portland, Cumberland County
Portland Historic Preservation Program Manager: Staff Support
Applicant: City of Gardiner
Amount: $20,000.00

The city of Portland has been awarded funding in the amount of $20,000 to support the position of Historic Preservation Program Manager within the Department of Planning and Urban Development. Certified Local Government (CLG) grant funding has been key to maintaining consistent and professional staff for the Historic Preservation program when municipal finances have been limited. Planned initiatives for the next year include local designation of historic properties associated with "auto row" on Forest Avenue, targeted outreach and education for new property owners within local historic districts, continued implementation of the Lincoln Park Treatment Plan, potential rehabilitation activities at Fort Gorges, and continued collaboration with the Economic Development Department in the Commercial Storefront Improvement Grant Program.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Lewiston, Androscoggin County
Le Messager National Register nomination, 23 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine
Applicant: City of Lewiston
Amount: $5,958.00

The grant supports the nomination of the Le Messager building at 23 Lisbon Street in Lewiston to the National Register of Historic Places. This commercial, downtown, four story building was erected in the 1880s and circa 1908 it became home to the influential Franco-American newspaper, Le Messager. Until it closed in the early 1960s this publication shared the social and cultural activities of the Franco-American community. In 1939, the bi-lingual radio station WCOU was founded and moved into the third floor of the building, further cementing its significance to the local Franco-American population. This grant will help to fund the research and writing of the National Register nomination for the building, which in turn will enable to property owner to use tax credits to rehabilitate the third and fourth floors into residential units in future. The grant request is $5,958.00 and the overall project is expected to cost $9,930.00.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Gardiner, Kennebec County
Gardiner Flood Mitigation Plan - Phase I
Applicant: City of Gardiner
Amount: $7,500.00

This project is to obtain Flood Hazard Elevation Certificates for buildings in the Gardiner Historic District that are located in the floodplain. Obtaining Flood Elevation Certificates is a critical first step in forming a Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan for the district, all of which is within the mapped FEMA flood zone. It also may assist some property owners with fine-tuning flood insurance premiums. Once the elevations of the buildings have been surveyed the information will be entered by a college intern working for Gardiner Main Street into a GIS system in order to catalog information about properties in the floodplain. Participation from property owners is voluntary and the grant will cover half the cost of each survey and certificate for up to 48 buildings. The total project budget is $17,520.00.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2017

Bangor, Penobscot County
Certified Local Government Workshop
Applicant: City of Bangor
Amount: $8,000.00

The Annual CLG training workshop will be held in Bangor on September 15, 2017 and will be co-sponsored by MHPC and the City of Bangor. The workshop will be a CAMP program (Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program) conducted by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. The goal of the workshop is to assist and educate local historic preservation commission in Maine, especially Certified Local Government historic preservation commissions. The Commission is required to offer a training workshop for CLGs to be in compliance with our state CLG guidelines.

The workshop was held in September 2017 and was well attended.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certifield Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2016

Saco and Gardiner
Certified Local Government Workshop
Applicant: City of Saco
Amount: $8,000.00

This grant supports the annual CLG training workshop to be held in Gardiner in September 2016 and will be con-sponsored by MHPC and the City of Saco. The workshop will be a CAMP program (Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program) conducted by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. The goal of the workshop is to asses and educate local historic preservation commission in Maine, especially Certified Local Government and historic preservation commissions. The Commission is required to offer a training workshop for CLGs to be in compliance with our state CLG guidelines.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html

This workshop was held September 23rd, 2016.


Certiflied Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2016

Portland, Cumberland
Historic Preservation Program Staff support
Applicant: City of Portland Planning and Urban Development Department
Amount: $20,000.00

The city of Portland has received funding in the amount of $20,000 to support the position of Historic Preservation Program Manager within the Department of Planning and Urban Development. HPF funding has been key to maintaining consistent and professional staff for the Historic Preservation program when municipal finances have been limited. This position, or a similar position, has been funded in part through CLG/HPF funds since 2005 and Portland's historic preservation program has benefitted greatly. Recent initiatives undertaken by the program include the designation of historic districts in the India Street neighborhood and on House Island, as well as investigation into the history and significance of the Portland Company complex.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html

This work was successfully completed in June 2017.


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2016

Portland, Cumberland
Fort Gorges Preservation Planning
Applicant: City of Portland / Friends of Fort Gorges
Amount: $20,408.00

Fort Gorges was constructed between 1858 and 1864 atop Hog Island Ledge in Casco Bay. Listed in the National Register in 1973 it was last actively used by the military during World War II. Since 1960 it has been owned by the City of Portland. Listed in Greater Portland Landmarks "Places in Peril" in 2013, the structure is suffering structural deterioration as well as vandalism. The project lays the groundwork for the fort's stabilization and preservation in a phased approach, and consists of background research, digital documentation, mortar analysis, and structural analysis.

This phase of the project was finished September 2017.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html


Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Grant 2016

Portland, Cumberland
Mechanic's Hall Window Project
Applicant: City of Portland / Maine Charitable Mechanics' Association
Amount: $22,500.00

Mechanics Hall was built between 1857 and 1859 to serve the members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. The Association was founded in 1815 as a craftsman's guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland's various mechanical and artistic trades. Carpenters, Glass workers, Sailmakers, Shipbuilders and Riggers, Ironworkers, Stone Cutters, Brick Masons, Jewelers, Watchmakers and Nautical instrument makers, Furniture makers and similar tradesmen all learned their skills and crafts through Apprenticeship education sponsored by this Association. A free school for Mechanical and Architectural drawing was started in 1875 and continued until 1983. The Association still supports mechanical and architectural education through scholarships and grants in local schools. During the Civil War Mechanics Hall was used to billet and feed Union Troops and later it served for two years as the location of Portland's City Hall. Today the building is used by craftsmen of the creative economy and its large ballroom is available for meetings and events by non-profit organization.

The grant application focuses on the restoration of 4 large windows on Casco Street. This is a continuing project: three windows on Congress Street have already been successfully repaired (supported by a CLG grant); three will remain to be completed if this grant is funded in 2016. The project will remove and repair window sash, examine and repair any damage to the window casings and exterior trim; paint the casings and trim; and paint and reinstall the window sash.

Historic Preservation Fund grants are available every year for historic preservation projects located in those communities that have met the requirements defined by the National Park Service and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to become Certified Local Governments(CLG). For more information on CLG's please visit http://www.state.me.us/mhpc/certifiedlocalgovernment/index.html

Completed, Summer 2017


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Rockland, Knox County
Knox County Courthouse Cupola Copper Roof Replacement Project
Applicant: Knox County
Amount: $24,995.00

This development project is to replace the copper roof on the cupola of the Knox County Courthouse, and to undertake repairs to the roof deck and weathervane as needed. Knox County has been working on a building envelope project at the still active Courthouse which includes brick repair/replacement, granite repair/replacement, mortar replacement, and window replacement since 2007. This has been a major undertaking by the County to maintain the historical integrity of the 1872 courthouse. Although this is the first time HPF funds have been applied for and awarded, the SHPO has been consulting with the County throughout the process. Project cost is estimated at $51,872.00 .

Completed, August 2017


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Readfield, Kennebec County
Union Meeting House Substructure Replacement Project
Applicant: Readfield Union Meeting House Company
Amount: $25,000.00

The Readfield Meeting House was built in 1828 and decorated with magnificent trompe l'oeil murals in 1868. A recent study determined that all of the joists and carrying timbers under the sanctuary floor need to be replaced, with the first and second priority being the narthex beam and the apse area. This phase of the long-term Union Meeting House Restoration project is to replace the substructure below the first floor of the narthex and the first floor of the apse. A subsequent phase of the project will be to replace the remainder of the sanctuary floor. The estimated project budget is $141,848.70.

As of fall of 2017 the sub-structure has been replaced under the Narthex and the Apse and also under much of the rest of the sanctuary.


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Portland, Cumberland County
Mechanic's Hall Historic Structure Report
Applicant: Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
Amount: $16,500.00

Mechanics Hall was built between 1857 and 1859 to serve the members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. The Association was founded in 1815 as a craftsman's guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland's various mechanical and artistic trades. Carpenters, Glass workers, Sailmakers, Shipbuilders and Riggers, Ironworkers, Stone Cutters, Brick Masons, Jewelers, Watchmakers and Nautical instrument makers, Furniture makers and similar tradesmen all learned their skills and crafts through Apprenticeship education sponsored by this Association. A free school for Mechanical and Architectural drawing was started in 1875 and continued until 1983. The Association still supports mechanical and architectural education through scholarships and grants in local schools. During the Civil War Mechanics Hall was used to billet and feed Union Troops and later it served for two years as the location of Portland's City Hall. Today the building is used by craftsmen of the creative economy and its large ballroom is available for meetings and events by non-profit organization.

This grant funded pre-development project is to prepare a Historic Structure Report, to include an Architectural Description and Assessment of existing conditions at the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association's building Mechanics Hall (1859) on Congress Street in Portland. The total estimated budget for the project is $33,000.00 .

Completed, August 2017


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Portland, Cumberland County
Deering Highland Neighborhood Historic Resources Study
Applicant: Greater Portland Landmark
Amount: $3,825.00

Largely developed between 1850 and 1920 the Deering Highlands neighborhood is a residential area bounded by Brighton Avenue, Stevens Avenue, Deering Avenue, and Woodford Street in Portland. With recent demolition of two neighborhood residences and inappropriate alterations to a significant historic house, neighbors have expressed interest in documenting the historic resources and exploring the potential for a historic district in their neighborhood. Survey forms with photographs will be completed, a historic and architectural context statement will be developed, and the products will be compiled into a report for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the City of Portland's Historic Preservation Program. A public presentation will follow. The complete project is expected to cost $7,650.00 .

The first phase of this project was completed in fall 2017 and the second phase has begun.


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Portland, Cumberland County
Abyssinian Restoration Project
Applicant: Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House
Amount: $24,995.00

This development grant will continue to aid with the restoration of the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland, Maine. Constructed in 1828 and believed to be the third oldest African-American meeting house in the United States, the Abyssinian Meeting House is undergoing a long-term restoration project to return the building to its historical appearance. This phase consists of installing historically appropriate clapboards on the most visible public elevation of the building - the west side. Additional phases include restoring the north and east elevations. The total cost for this project is $61,200.00

This phase of the project was completed in September 2017.


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Treat Island, Eastport, Washington County
Treat Island Phase I Archaeology Survey
Applicant: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Amount: $11,805.00

Owned by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Treat Island is located between Lubec and Eastport at the entrance to Cobscook and Passamaquoddy Bays. Because of its strategic location it has had a complex history involving Native American land-use, early European settlement, a Revolutionary War period trading post and gravesite, a Civil War era Battery, a small village which processed fish, and the federal Works Progress Administration engineering Quoddy Dam project. This Phase 1 archaeology survey has been designed to include Passamaquoddy Tribal members as well as volunteers from nearby communities. The goals are to identify and document cultural resources on Treat Island and to engage and inform local people throughout the project. The total project cost is $23,610.00 .

Fieldwork completed in the fall of 2016, report completed August 2017

Photo courtesy of Maine Coast Heritage Trust


New Century Community Grant 2016

Kennebunkport, York County
Stage Island Archaeology Survey
Applicant: Kennebunkport Conservation Trust
Amount: $1,000.00

Stage Island, owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, is slowly eroding out to sea. In the recent past lithic artifacts have been exposed due to sea level rise, and concerned that coastal archaeological sites are at risk the Trust applied for and received a grant to support a five day Phase I survey of possible pre-historic and historic sites on the island. The survey is expected to include 70 test pits over 10 acres and include paid and volunteer archaeologists. The estimated total project cost is $4,000 .

Fieldwork and report completed in fall 2016.


New Century Community Fund 2016

Dexter, Penobscot County
Abbott Memorial Library Roof Repair Specifications
Applicant: Abbott Memorial Library
Amount: $4,500.00

The Renaissance Revival style Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter was built in 1894. At this time the slate roof, flashing, gutter system, and copper ornaments are in need of repair or replacement. The Commission awarded the library a pre-development grant to hire a qualified historic architect to develop plans and specifications for the repair of these items.

This project was successfully completed in August 2017.


New Century Community Fund 2016

Bath, Sagadahoc County
Winter Street Church Historic Plaster Salvage
Applicant: Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc
Amount: $1,000.00

During a windstorm in 2015 much of the plaster ceiling of the Winter Street Church in Bath collapsed onto the pews below. Sagadahoc Preservation asked for assistance with salvaging pieces of the historic, painted plaster still in situ before the ceiling deconstructed. Plaster samples with historic decorative paint will be salvaged from the ceiling and the location of the samples recorded. The samples will be analyzed at a later time. The estimated project budget is $2,500.00.

This project was successfully completed in fall 2016.


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Georgetown, Sagadahoc County
Sequin Island Engineering Study - Keeper's House Masonry
Applicant: Friends of Seguin Island Light Station
Amount: $13,500.00

Historic Preservation Fund Grants have been awarded to the Friends of Seguin Island Light Station to undertake an engineering study of the masonry at the 160 year old Keeper's House at the Seguin Island Light Station. Located 2 miles off shore of Georgetown, Maine the mortar is deteriorating due to the effects of time and weather. The engineering study will provide an assessment of the extent of the problem and allow for the organization to plan for repointing the building in the future. The estimated total project cost is $27,000.

The study was completed in summer 2017 and came in under budget.


Historic Preservation Fund 2016

Biddeford, York County
City Hall Preservation Project Phasing, Estimating and Window Study Report
Applicant: City of Biddeford
Amount: $5,000

The City of Biddeford applied to fund the replacement of twenty-one non-historic, deteriorated windows on the Main Street fa'ade of City Hall. Because the City had not adequately documented the evidence for the historic windows the Commission awarded a $5,000 grant to underwrite this important pre-development work. The grant will be used to document the locations, dimensions, and details of each type window and door on each floor, including the historic ground floor windows. Documentation will include photos and detailed measured drawings of any historic windows and surviving historic interior trim and exterior brick molds. After documentation, specifications will be developed for the restoration of the ground floor windows and plans, specifications and estimates generated for the replacement of the upper story windows. The window study is one phase in the overall Biddeford City Hall Preservation Plan.

Project Cancelled, September 2017