Today the VIA Group will celebrate its move into the Baxter Library building wit
Today the VIA Group will celebrate its move into the Baxter Library building with a grand opening. John Coleman, CEO of the firm, pointed out the built-in card catalog that was kept, with most of the original library cards intact. Windows and wood detailing remain as Francis H. Fassett designed them in the late 1800s. The building was abandoned when the Portland Public Library's main branch moved to its current location in 1979. The Maine College of Art bought the building for classroom space, but put it on the market just as the economy started to slip. Once the VIA Group became a viable tenant, the developer, Northland Enterprises, was able to create a $4.8 million rehab plan. For Coleman, the lease on the building costs less than renting the company's former quarters on Danforth Street. Of the building, he said, "You really felt the decades of service."
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Murphy, Edward D., "Today the VIA Group will celebrate its move into the Baxter Library building wit" (2010). Maine News Index – Portland Monthly. 1646.