Woodman Building

The Woodman Building is a historic commercial block located at 133-141 Middle Street in Portland, Maine. It was designed by architect George M. Harding and built in 1867. It is one of the most elaborate and high-style commercial buildings built in the wake of the city's devastating 1866 fire, and is one of Maine's largest Second Empire buildings. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972.[1]

Woodman Building
Woodman Building, Pearl Street side. Portland, Maine.jpg
Woodman Building is located in Maine
Woodman Building
Woodman Building is located in the United States
Woodman Building
Location133-141 Middle St., Portland, Maine
Coordinates43°39′31″N 70°15′15″W / 43.65861°N 70.25417°W / 43.65861; -70.25417Coordinates: 43°39′31″N 70°15′15″W / 43.65861°N 70.25417°W / 43.65861; -70.25417
Built1867 (1867)
ArchitectHarding, George M.
Architectural styleSecond Empire, French Second Empire
Part ofPortland Waterfront (ID74000353)
NRHP reference No.72000075[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 23, 1972
Designated CPMay 2, 1974

Description and historyEdit

c. 1933

The Rackleff Building is located in Portland's Old Port area, on the north side of Middle Street, at its corner with Pearl Street. It is flanked on the east side by the Rackleff Building. It is a four-story masonry structure, built out of brick with stone and iron trim elements. The ground floor storefronts are articulated by iron pilasters and arches, while windows on the second and third floors are combined in groups of one, two, or three, under elaborate stone arches. Stone beltcourses highlight the bottom of these arches, and also the join the sills of the windows. The building is capped by a mansard roof in the Second Empire style, with paired brackets in the eaves, corner turrets, and elaborate dormers.[2]

The block was built in 1867 for the Woodman family after the 1866 fire devastated a large part of the city. It is one of three adjacent buildings designed by George M. Harding (the others are the Rackleff Building and the Thompson Block, further east on Middle Street), which comprise one of the city's finest blocks of period architecture. Of these, the Woodman Building is the most elaborate. The ironwork on the ground floor is a rare surviving work of a local foundry, the Portland Company.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Woodman Building". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-04-08.