Portland Maine’s Congress Street: Top Ten Great Streets in America

Congress Street Portland Maine compressedPortland’s “main street” – better known as Congress Street – was recently named one of the top 10 “Great Places in America: Streets” by the American Planning Association. Anyone who’s familiar with Portland would agree that this thoroughfare embodies the culture, history and eclectic charm that are summed up in Portland’s slogan, Life’s Good Here.

What makes Congress Street so special? Here’s a taste of what it offers –

  •  A delightful mix of historical architectural styles from 18th century Colonial and 19th century Federal to 20th century International and 21st century Post Modern
  • Arts District with numerous art galleries, theaters, museums, institutes, and schools
  • First Friday Art Walk featuring street artists and performers and 50-70 venues that are open to the public and free – taking place year-round
  • Unique squares creating “bookends” for Congress Street: Monument Square, an iconic, pedestrian-only public space and Longfellow Square, each with impressive pieces of public art
  • Wadsworth-Longfellow House (1785)
  • The Romanesque Revival Portland Public Library
  • Federal and Greek Revival row-houses
  • The Beaux-Arts style Portland City Hall which houses the Merrill Auditorium, home to the Portland Symphony Orchestra
  • The First Parish Church (1825)
  • Federal “urban renewal” rehabilitation of several buildings including The State Theater, Portland Museum of Art (designed by I.M. Pei), The Children’s Museum of Maine

And it’s located less than 10 minutes from The Cedars. Our members and residents make frequent trips to Congress Street and the surrounding areas to take advantage of much of what Portland offers. Call today to find out more about retirement at The Cedars – located in Portland Maine. 207.221.7100.

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