U.S. Marine Hospital, Martin's Point Health Care

Portland, Maine    

As Phase 1 of the Master Plan for their historic 12-acre campus, Martin's Point Health Care decided to renovate this signature building, the 1859 U. S. Marine Hospital, designed by Ammi Young.

The H-shaped building, which occupies a beautiful, prominent site at the northeast entrance to Portland, is Italianate in style, with well-preserved cast-iron porches.

Exterior renovation included sandblasting and painting the masonry and wood cornice, repointing the brick, rebuilding original windows, and replacing the first floor windows, which were not original. The cast iron porches were repaired and repainted. Side verandas that had been hidden in an earlier renovation are now supported and visible for the first time in decades. Inside, mechanical and electrical systems were replaced, and bearing wall arches repaired. The interior is being refitted for office and conference functions.

Winner of a Special Preservation Honor Award from Greater Portland Landmarks in 2007 and a 2008 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation.

David C. Webster