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Presentation on the Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation Project at the Feb. 15, 2012 Portland Historic Preservation Board workshop. Author: Martha Lyon and Regina Leonard. Sponsored by Friends of the …

Presentation on the Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation Project at the Feb. 15, 2012 Portland Historic Preservation Board workshop. Author: Martha Lyon and Regina Leonard. Sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade and the City of Portland Planning Department.

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  • 1. Fort Allen ParkLandscape Preservation ProjectDesign Development-Level ReviewMartha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLCRegina S. Leonard, Landscape Architecture & DesignforThe Friends of the Eastern PromenadeCity of Portland Department of Public ServicesFebruary 15, 2012
  • 2. Where are wein the preservation planning process?
  • 3. October 25, 2011 Historic Preservation Board Comments• Maintain 50’ o.c. spacing of street trees along the Promenade• Move linear walkways to historically-accurate locations• Plant trees along linear walkways of a size subordinate to the Promenade trees
  • 4. ProgramCirculation & Access Signs Lighting Memorials Bandstand Landscape Details Dogs
  • 5. Period of Significance 1890 - 1930
  • 6. The City purchased land fromHenry Deering, Harry Fessendenand Francis Fessenden in 1890In 1891, Goodwin prepared thefirst site plan for Fort Allen Park.In 1904, Portland Mayor JamesBaxter negotiated with the GrandTrunk Railway to acquireadditional parkland on the northside.In 1911, the City purchased the“Cummings Lot” on the south side,bringing the total Fort Allen Parkacreage to 4.55
  • 7. Between 1890 and 1896, the City added several other amenities,including walkways, a loop drive, two overlook terraces, a flagpole, many benches, and pole lighting. The original earthen fort berms remained.
  • 8. Cobblestone gutters (added in 1894) and plantings of flowering shrubs (added in 1897) further ornamented the park.
  • 9. Tall elm trees stood along the Eastern Promenade, providing a strongouter edge to the park. Plantings within were kept low to preserve the views.
  • 10. The City began to erect wrought iron fencing at the upper and lower terraces in 1896. Lower terrace fencing appeared in 1896, and upperterrace fencing followed in 1900. Plans to connect the two terraces via a set of broad central steps were in the works as early as 1896.
  • 11. Rodman cannons, used in the Civil War, were acquired for the park in1900. (Note the houses standing along the park’s northern property line)
  • 12. In 1913-1915, the gun from the battleship USS Maine was brought to Fort Allen Park and mounted in a concrete base. This effort launched a long tradition of siting memorials within the park landscape.
  • 13. The Grand Army of the Republic placed a memorial bench in the parkin1926. (Note the small-scale beds of flowers and shrubs throughout.)
  • 14. Preservation PlanDesign Features
  • 15. Promenade Edge
  • 16. Period of Significance Today
  • 17. ProposedDimensions &Materials-Existing sidewalk replaced with new concrete-Entry plaza across from Morning Street-Relocated drinking fountain and horse trough-Gingko “Magyar” planted 50’ o.c.
  • 18. Loop Road(Horseshoe)
  • 19. Period of Significance Today
  • 20. Proposed Dimensions & Materials-existing road widths maintained-20’ wide profile; 40’ wide at Overlook-16’ chip seal travel lane-2’ cobble stone gutters-smallest radius 71’ (minimum for bus = 40’)
  • 21. Central Path
  • 22. Period of Significance Today
  • 23. Proposed Dimensions & Materials-5’ width throughout-poured concrete with broom finish-reconstructed according to Goodwin alignment
  • 24. Linear Side Paths
  • 25. Period of Significance Today
  • 26. Proposed Dimensions & Materials-5’ width throughout-poured concrete with broom finish-reconstructed according to Goodwin alignment-modified to accommodate 9/11 and USS Portland memorials-lined on outer edges with small trees that will provide 4-season interest and wildlife habitat
  • 27. Fort Allen Berms
  • 28. Period of Significance Today
  • 29. Proposed Dimensions & Materials -extended in length and raised in height to match historic images -re-surfaced with turf
  • 30. Overlook
  • 31. Period of Significance Today
  • 32. Proposed Dimensions & Materials -raised curb removed and replaced with concrete ramps -overlook platform restored to its original width (20’-8”) -ornamental aluminum fencing replaced with color-galvanized steel or wrought iron-concrete steps and cheekwalls replaced with granite
  • 33. Seating
  • 34. Period of Significance Today
  • 35. Proposed Bench Arrangement
  • 36. Overlook Paths
  • 37. Proposed Planting for Slopes & Pathways Beds
  • 38. Lighting
  • 39. Next StepsMarch 8 – Parks Commission Review -Public PresentationApril 18 –HBP Final Public Hearing May – Planning Staff Review …implementation!