PORTLAND, Maine—The 90-year-old former Portland Press Herald building in Portland, Maine’s Old Port District will soon be transformed into the first boutique hotel of its kind in Maine. The hotel will launch as part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
Originally built in 1923, the building will reopen as the 110-room Press Hotel in early 2015, taking full advantage of the building’s historic architectural features. Construction commenced last month to transform the building into a unique and authentic boutique hotel. Local contractor Wright-Ryan Construction is on tap to execute the vision of the design teams involved—local firm Archetype as Architect of Record, Stonehill and Taylor for interiors, and Big Time Design for the 100-seat restaurant design. The Press Hotel has registered as a LEED project, promoting environmental sustainability.
“As a frequent traveler who lives in Maine, I wanted to create the type of property that locals would embrace and that visitors would seek out. We want to connect with the history of the building, the talent of the region, and the skills of Maine’s craftsmen and artists,” said Jim Brady, developer of The Press Hotel. “This hotel will be connected to where the local scene is going while being rooted in its past.”
The Press Hotel will be managed by Trust Hospitality.