Building 12 of the Portland Foreside Development was recently recognized by Maine Preservation with a 2023 Honor Award!

The project transformed a three-story 1895 brick warehouse formerly belonging to the Portland Company and used for storing wooding casting patterns. The building was carefully dismantled and reconstructed on a new site and renovated to become Twelve, an acclaimed dining destination with offices and residences above.

Bruner/Cott Architects ensured the reconstructed exterior maintained its historic integrity while designing a new internal structure using steel and composite slabs, modern insulated walls and roofing system, and reproduction windows.

The precise documentation and careful reconstruction of the historic Building 12 allowed a structure on the brink of collapse to bring new life to a once inaccessible and unused part of Portland’s waterfront, serving as a first course of Portland Foreside’s plan to bring housing, office space, restaurants, retail, and community space.

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Maine Preservation is a state-wide nonprofit historic preservation organization, founded in 1972. Their mission is to promote and preserve historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods, strengthening the cultural and economic vitality of Maine communities.