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Congress and Free Street in Portland, Maine, USA

At the intersection of Congress, Free and High Streets stand a number of important buildings in this busy section of downtown Portland, Maine. The wedge shaped H.H. Hay building was built in 1826 and designed by architect Charles Quincy Clapp. It was a two story building for 96 years before a third story was added. Clockwise, to the east, stands the Children's Museum and Theater of Maine and then the Portland Museum of Art which at the time this panorama was made had a major exhibit titled "Debating Modern Photography".

At One Congress Square is the NBC affiliate WCSH-TV which began broadcasting in 1953 from the Congress Square Hotel. It moved to this 4 story building in 1977.

The 6 story edifice across High Street (to the west) is the State Building which was erected around 1930 and still houses the majestic State Theater.

Immanuel Baptist Church can be seen between the State Theater Building and the Eastland Hotel. The Eastland, which opened its doors in 1927as a 241 room, 12 story luxury establishment cost $2 million dollars to build. It was considered the largest hotel north of New York.

A very interesting photographic history of Congress Square can be found on the World Wide Web at:


Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10500x5250
Taken: 19/10/2010
Uploaded: 19/01/2011
Updated: 08/03/2015


Tags: urban; museum; downtown; city; street; bus; fire engine; plaza; portland museum of art; eastland hotel; children's museum and theater of maine; congress square; hay building
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