This 130-year old local landmark in Portland, Maine’s historic district was in extremely poor condition when Present Architecture began their renovation.  To preserve the history of 660 Congress Street, the architecture firm endeavored to restore its original façade in addition to designing a brand new interior.

As a result of their efforts, the building helps tell the story of Portland’s development. For example, its historic mansard roof contrasts beautifully with the red brick Gothic tower of State Street Church, visible in the background.

Since the interior needed to be completely gutted, the design team had a blank slate for the project.  They created a mixed-use building filled with cool, modern details.  Most notably, the interior walls bend and curve in several places.  On the top floor, the ceiling angles in toward skylights.

The main living area of this top floor residence encompasses a large open space.  A center wall divides the cooking and eating areas without closing them off to the rest of the room.  The open floor plan perfectly illustrates how the design team effortlessly embedded modern living in this historic building. [Photography by Robert Deitchler, and information courtesy of Present Architecture]