Title

Initial plans for the renovation of Portland City Hall Auditorium called for a b

Authors

Laura Conaway

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

3-13-1997

Pages

7

Abstract

Initial plans for the renovation of Portland City Hall Auditorium called for a brick facade on the auditorium's exterior, but that had to be changed when the interior improvements turned out to be more expensive than expected. The bright aluminum siding that was installed costs around 50 percent less per square foot than brick. Portland City Councilor Peter Rickett wonders what other landmark building could install a metal facade without coming under the scrutiny of the historic preservation committee. Deb Andrews of the city's planning department said the siding doesn't violate the historic preservation ordinance because the back of the auditorium is not part of the original 1912 City Hall.

Subjects

Merrill Auditorium

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