GPL 50 Years-logo (2 FINAL)Greater Portland Landmarks will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. Spurred to action by the demolition of Union Station, concerned citizens rallied to protect Portland’s architectural legacy and founded the organization in 1964. Now, a half century later, Portland’s popularity as a place to live, work, and visit reflects Landmarks’ work advocating for the area’s extraordinary historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes. We invite you to join us in a year of activities that highlight historic places and historic preservation’s impact on the revitalization and growth of greater Portland.

Landmarks’ 50th Anniversary events are made possible by a lead sponsorship from
Additional support for these activities has been provided by:


Upcoming Events


Masonic Temple
November 7, 2014,
Founders’ Night Celebration
The Portland Masonic Temple, 415 Congress Street, Portland
A reception to honor founding members and trustees and staff over the last 50 years. Special Recognition to honor Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., State Historic Preservation Officer and Landmarks founding member. RSVP $50 per person.  For more information, please contact Landmarks at 207-774-5561 or

Past Events

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September 29, 2014
Landmarks 50th Annual Meeting and Awards
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland
Annual Meeting and 2014 Preservation Awards honoring outstanding achievement in historic preservation in the greater Portland region. Includes special tours of the newly renovated Kotzschmar Organ.

2014 Preservation Awards and Reception made possible by a lead sponsorship from Wright-Ryan Construction.

June 14, 2014
Annual Flag Day Celebration
Portland Observatory Museum,
138 Congress Street, Portland
A community celebration at the Observatory featuring special programs and free admission.
Historic House Gala
June 7, 2014
Historic House Gala & Silent Auction
Western Promenade Neighborhood, Portland

Gala Details Thank you to this year’s Historic House Gala Sponsors

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Bangor Savings Bank
CBRE The Boulos Company
The Heritage Company Coppersmiths, LLC
The Hatcher Group of Keller-Williams Realty
Key Bank
M.R. Brewer
Maine Home & Design

Images of Change
January 4 – February 28, 2014
Photography Exhibition
Images of Change: Greater Portland’s Cityscape Since 1960
Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square, Portland

An Exhibition of 72 photographs by 44 artists that interprets the built environment, explores architecture and urbanity, and demonstrates the change and evolution of Portland’s landscape over the past 50 years by highlighting buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods, and landscapes that have been saved, lost, changed, and newly built. The show was juried by Bruce Brown, Susan Danly, and Earle Shettleworth, Jr.

Funded in part by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Quimby Family Foundation and Pam Plumb.

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Annual Lecture Series:
The Preservation Movement in Portland Since 1961

Sponsored by Ocean_Gate_5_2013 and presented in collaboration with the Portland Public Library.

Observations on the Evolution of Historic Preservation Practice: 1970-Present
Observations on the Evolution of Historic Preservation Practice: 1970-Present
January 21, 2014
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Presented by Christopher Closs, Preservation Services Advisor, Greater Portland Landmarks; with Pamela Hawkes, FAIA, Scattergood Design, and Lee Urban, former Director of Planning & Economic Development, City of Portland.
Portland's Historic Preservation Program and Its Impact on Portland's Historic Neighborhoods
Portland’s Historic Preservation Program and Its Impact on Portland’s Historic Neighborhoods
February 25, 2014
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Presented by Deb Andrews, Historic Preservation Program Manager, City of Portland

Keynote Lecture
April 9, 2014
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Guest Lecturer: Morrison H. Heckscher, Laurence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Purchase 50th Anniversary Note Cards
Purchase 50th Anniversary Note Cards

Each box contains 12 full color notecards with envelopes, two of each image listed below, featuring hisotric buildings, landscapes and streetscapes in Portland, Maine. All images by local artists Peter Rolfe. Images include: Deering Oaks Park, First National Bank Building (winter scene used on the Landmarks Holiday card), Carroll Street Mansion, Us Custom House, William F. Safford House (Landmarks’ Headquarters), and the Old Zietman’s Grocery Store. (shown here)

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