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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

123044A fr02 and TL 04 MAR 1990

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

120mm gelatin silver negative, 35mm gelatin silver negative


Views of Canal Bank Plaza, 204 Middle Street (southeast corner of Union Street and Middle Street). The complex was built in 1972-1973 by Canal National Bank (construction photo at this link), connected to the Maine-Way urban renewal projects in the Monument Square vicinity. Canal Plaza occupied the footprints of the former Plum Street and the Falmouth Hotel. The major project rerouted Temple Street so that it flows north-to-south into Union Street, transformed the portion of Middle Street, from Union Street to Congress Street, into a pedestrian thoroughfare, and created an east-west Spring Street arterial (connecting High Street with Middle Street).

Top image; View of the completed Canal Bank Plaza buildings from northwest. Temple Street in foreground.
Photo published in the Portland Press Herald, on 18 July 1973.

Bottom image: Aerial view of Canal Plaza and vicinity from east. Canal Bank building, redubbed Key Bank, in foreground. One Portland Square building, at left. One City Center building at right. Deering Oaks park in background.
Photo published in the Maine Sunday Telegram, on 4 March 1990.


Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, Temple Street, Spring Street, Union Street, Middle Street, Canal Bank Plaza


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Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.