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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

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Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

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Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negative


Full exterior view of Safford House, 93 High Street, from south. At the time of this photograph, the building was home to Portland School of Art (later known as Maine College of Art), comprising the college's Library, the Graphic Design department, the Photography department, various classrooms, and studios. Prior to its years as P.S.A., Safford was home to Shaw Business College (beginning in 1938).

Safford House was built for the William Safford family in 1858, designed by architect Charles A. Alexander (who also designed the Chestnut Street Methodist Church, and Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church).

In 1965, the building was purchased by the Portland Society of Art (parent organization of both the Portland Museum of Art, and Portland School of Fine and Applied Art), to be used by the school- later renamed Portland School of Art (and subsequently Maine College of Art). Portland School of Art vacated Safford House in 1983, relocating to the Baxter Building.

Photo published in the Evening Express, on 29 May 1982


Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, High Street, Schools, Portland School of Art, Maine College of Art



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In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.