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Portland City Hall, Portland

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The Portland City Hall is the center of city government in Portland, Maine. It is located at 389 Congress Street, and is set in a prominent rise, anchoring a cluster of civic buildings at the eastern end of Portland's downtown. The structure was built in 1909-12 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Portland City Hall occupies much of an entire city block, bounded by Congress, Myrtle, and Chestnut Streets, and Cumberland Avenue. Its original main portion is a U-shaped granite structure, the U open to Congress Street. A modern ell extends along Myrtle Street, behind the right leg of the U. The central portion is three stories in height, with a dormed mansard roof fronted by a low balustrade. A tower, 200ft in height rises from the center of this section. Ground floor windows are set in rounded openings, a feature continued around the wings. There are three entrances, accessed via a broad set of stairs; the central one is topped by the city seal. The wings are two stories in height, with projecting colonnades of Tuscan columns facing the inside of the U. The wings are covered by hip roofs, with a bracketed cornice extending around.
The interior of the building houses the city's offices. The addition on Myrtle Street also includes Merrill Auditorium, a 2,000 seat performance venue. The organ it houses was the second largest in the world at the time of its construction in 1912.
Portland's City Hall was first built on this site in 1862, a building that was destroyed in the city's Great Fire of 1866. Rebuilt to a design by Francis H. Fassett, its replacement burned in 1908. The present City Hall was designed by the New York City firm of Carrere & Hastings, with local assistance provided by John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens. It was inspired by New York City Hall, and was considered by John M. Carrere to be one of his finest works.
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  • Up on Congress street, this is a photo-op for sure, especially if the weather is nice. It also puts you in a great part of the town that's off the wharf.  more »
  • Portland City Hall takes up a whole city block and majestically sits on a rise above the city. The architecture is breathtaking, especially the ornate clock tower, and was designed by the same firm th...  more »
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  • The Portland city hall is a place you find, City Congress, the city clerk, the place that you can find the mayor at. The city hall is also handy to pick up you licence plates, your fishing license. A place you can change your name, a place you go to after you get your marriage certificate, Notarized. The city hall building is best known to locals for City Assistance,although The general city assistance is not in this Building. You can find the General City assistance building at 196 Lancaster street. The entrance is located in the parking lot. Please take a moment to press the like button. Thank you graciously.
  • Went to register two cars and the staff were so helpful and pleasant. They even had good music playing a recommended a place to get ice cream. I was missing a document and they allowed me to make a phone call and get needed paperwork without getting back in the line. Everything else was clearly explained online so I was able to bring the right papers and speed things along. Great system and terrific customer service. I have never dealt with such friendly registry people in the other states I have lived in!

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