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Portland City Hall

389 Congress Street
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, 04101

City Hall, Portland, Maine
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Portland City Hall is the center of city government in Portland, Maine. It is set in a prominent rise, anchoring a cluster of civic buildings at the eastern end of Portland's downtown.
The structure was built in 1909-12 and occupies much of an entire city block. The central portion is three stories in height, with roof dormers fronted by a low balustrade. A tower, 200 feet (61 m) in height rises from the center of this section. Ground floor windows are set in rounded openings, a feature continued around the wings. There are three entrances, accessed via a broad set of stairs; the central one is topped by the city seal. The wings are two stories in height, with projecting colonnades of Tuscan columns facing the inside of the U. The wings are covered by hip roofs, with a bracketed cornice extending around.

The interior of the building houses the city's offices. The addition on Myrtle Street also includes Merrill Auditorium, a 1,908 seat performance venue. The organ it houses, the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, was the second largest in the world at the time of its construction in 1912.

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