Project information

  • Renovation 54,000 sf

  • Construction cost $4.7M

  • Completed 2007


2007 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award

Gorham, ME


The old school auditorium became the Town Council chamber, complete with broadcast capability.

The new rotunda entrance echoes the one on the Baxter Memorial Library, left, also designed by PDT.

In consolidating town and school offices in one building, Gorham established a central service center for citizens and made it easier for town officials to work together. 

The assessor’s office benefits from a wall of huge windows, original to the school building.

Gorham GGETV Channel 3 broadcasts meetings, interviews, and community videos from the studio in the building.

The school superintendent’s office is a former classroom, with blackboard and architectural details retained.

Wonderful original cabinetry is complemented by new finishes in period colors.

Gorham Municipal Center is a complete renovation of the former Shaw Middle School, which was built in 1939 as the town's high school.

The project gives a third life to this much-loved facility and includes town and school offices, Town Council Chamber, Gorham Cable Access Television studio, and facilities for the Recreation Department. The building is completely renovated, with new windows and roofing, new elevator/stair tower, new entries, and all life safety/ADA upgrades.

Its central location near Baxter Memorial Library, Baxter House Museum, and the high school reinforces the walkable nature of the village.

Photo credit: © Sandy Agrafiotis

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