We are very proud that Meeting House Lofts—developer Ethan Boxer-Macomber's condominium project in South Portland—has won a 2016 Historic Preservation Award from Greater Portland Landmarks in the Adaptive Reuse Category. The awards will be presented on September 28 at the Maine Irish Heritage Center.
John Calvin Stevens designed the Roosevelt School, built in 1927-28, as a neighborhood elementary school on Meetinghouse Hill in South Portland. The east-facing brick and cast stone [-shaped building served as a public school until 1983.
Spurwink Services used it as a school from 1985 until 2012, replacing windows, dropping ceilings, adding ramps and an elevator. After Spurwink consolidated in Portland, the building sat empty (neighbors recalled it as “run down and a liability” in Keep Me Current, 12/3/15).
In 2014, at a time when the City was under some pressure from local and state preservation advocates, the building was acquired from the city by the developer with the intention of adapting it for use as a condominium, stabilizing the exterior while entirely modernizing the interior. The developer, Ethan Boxer-Macomber of Anew Development, was chosen because the intended use was most compatible with the preservation of the building and the appropriate residential density for the neighborhood.
The 3-story school houses ten condominium units that glory in the light from the original high window and door openings. Nine new units occupy a contemporary addition on the west side.