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Built in 1897, this local historic landmark is a beautiful part of the urban landscape near Portland’s Eastern Promenade. The picturesque building was abandoned by its dwindling congregation in 1986 and subsequently rescued by the “Friends of the St. Lawrence.” This non-profit group, founded in 1996, began the heroic effort of transforming the deteriorated building into a blossoming community-based performing arts center. In 1997, the building was placed on the most endangered properties list of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. By 2001, a portion of the facility was renovated into the Parish Hall Theater, a 110-seat venue for local theater groups. Since opening, the partial renovation has fostered new economic growth and development in the transitional neighborhood of Munjoy Hill.

In 2006, the St. Lawrence retained Mills Whitaker Architects for assistance with a comprehensive assessment and masterplan for the facility. The focus of our work includes exploring restoration or reconstruction alternatives for the Sanctuary portion of the facility, including its adaptive reuse into a 400-seat performing arts center.

 

ST. LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER, PORTLAND ME

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Community


Scope of Work

Research and Development, Design and Construction Documents, Construction Administration


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