68 High Street
|Location||68 High St.
|Architect||Frederick A. Tompson|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||12000065|
|Added to NRHP||March 7, 2012|
68 High Street, formerly the Children's Hospital, is a historic colonial revival building in Portland, Maine. Located on the eastern edge of Portland's West End, the building was built in 1909 and was designed by architect Frederick A. Tompson. According to news archives, Drs. Edville Gerhardt Abbott and Harold A. Pingree and Frank W. Lamb founded this worldwide famous children's hospital for crippled children with scoliosis together in 1908. It closed in 1948, with most of the 56 patients at the time being transferred to Maine General Hospital, which was later renamed the Maine Medical Center. It also served as an annex to the Mussey Mansion until the left part of that building was demolished in 1961. It had also been owned and used by the University of Southern Maine as administrative offices. In 2010, Community Housing of Maine sought to develop the property and the adjacent empty lot into 35 units of affordable housing. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places March 7, 2012.
In 2011, the Maine State Housing Authority approved the building and the adjacent empty lot, 68 High Street, for 38 low income housing units. The building is set to be renovated to fulfill the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, including the addition of elevators. The first floor of 66 High Street will include parking units. The plan to redevelop the property became controversial after state treasurer Bruce Poliquin criticized the housing authority for their per-unit cost.[needs update]
- "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 3/5/2012 through 3/9/2012". National Park Service. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- Criterion A: Health/Medicine, Social History Criterion B: Dr. Edville Gerhardt Abbott (1871-1938) Criterion C: Architecture Statewide Significance
- CRIPPLES MADE STRAIGHT BY MARVELOUS SURGERY; Medical Men From Far and Wide Flock to Portland, Maine to Witness the Wonderful Work of Dr. E.G. Abbott in Curing Fixed Lateral Curvature of the Spine Which Heretofore Has Baffled Surgical Skill. MAKING CRIPPLES STRAIGHT
- 'Harold' error sets a rumor mill in action
- Affordable housing proposed for High Street building The Forecaster, November 16, 2010
- Miller, Kevin (December 11, 2011). "Controversial Elm Terrace development gets OK at $265K per uni". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 12 December 2011.