Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection
Call number of Original
TL 02 MAR 1997 R4 05
Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Format of Original
35mm color negative
Full exterior view of the Family Workshop / East End Children's Workshop building, 215 Congress Street, from south. Designed by Portland architect Alan Kuniholm, the three-storey building was constructed in 1996-1997. The site was previously that of an apartment building at 215 Congress Street, which was destroyed by fire in 1992, and claimed the lives of four people.
The building included a job training program, Portland Adult Education classrooms and an ASPIRE program through the state Department of Human Services. The building also comprised a city health clinic, a Time-Dollar Network (a service exchange program for volunteers), and several other programs.
Spurwink School operated a therapeutic nursery for children with special needs. East End Children's Workshop will move 100 of its pre-schoolers there (from its prior location on Mayo Street- since 1970), as well as East End Kids Katering, a breakfast and lunch program.
Having all the services in one building was convenient for poor families, many of whom cannot easily reach scattered social-service offices. By offering subsidized child care, The Family Workshop also let parents on welfare take job-training courses in the building.
The building also served as a community center where people of any age or economic background may participate in arts, recreational or community programs. [Portland Press Herald, 24 January 1997]
Photo published in the Maine Sunday Telegram, on 2 March 1997
"Family Workshop (East End Children's Workshop) building, 1997" (1997). Businesses & Buildings - Portland Press Herald Still Film Negatives. 674.
Portland, Me., East End, Munjoy Hill, Congress Street, Washington Avenue