Renovation 45,000 sf
Office addition 5,600 sf; sallyport addition 900 sf
Construction cost $9.5M
2003 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award, Maine Preservation
The historic Frye Block Music Hall, designed by John A. Fox of Boston, had been used as a plumbing supply warehouse for decades, its ornate brick facade hidden behind metal paneling. To encourage downtown development, the city sold the building to the state for a dollar, and PDT was asked to fit the courthouse program into the shell.
The first floor comprises offices and public windows, with the DA’s office in a small addition. Entirely separate circulations for prisoners, staff, and the public ensure security.
Four courtrooms dominate the second and third floors, with the library, judges’ chambers, transaction windows, and a children’s playroom.
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