Eye CANDY Portland’s preservation ordinance protects landmarks and designated historic districts, ensuring a city whose past is glimpsed daily, even as it embraces the present and prepares for the future.
At the heart of Portland’s visual appeal is an historic urban hub rich with arch itectural gems. Because a 4th of July fire in 1866 destroyed most of the city’s commercial buildings and homes, much of the city’s historic architecture dates from the Victorian era. Well-preserved examples of 19th century styles dot the landscape, co-existing comfortably with more modern buildings. To best explore Portland’s historic neigh borhoods, take a seasonal guided walking
tour with Greater Portland Landmarks, or a self-guided walking tour using the interactive maps and downloadable pdfs on their website (portlandlandmarks.org). You can also purchase printed walking tour booklets from the Visitor Informa tion Center at Ocean Gateway. Viewing building details such as graceful cornices, granite and brick facades, and delicate gingerbread trim is best done on foot; pedestrians can walk the length of the Portland peninsula in under an hour and see a wealth of architectural styles.
Photos Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Robert Witkowski, Corey Templeton (4)