Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Old Armory

I call it the family birthday blitz.
It begins with Judith, then moves to Aunt Gloria, Grampa, Joanne, Nana, Martin, Constance, Mom, Irv, Paulie, and Anna. It starts February 14th and stretches through this month of March. Not all of the family's birth dates but enough of them. It's quite a stretch. 
Happy Birthday to them all!
Here in the Old Port is the old State of Maine Armory, that was built in 1885 for the Maine National Guard. My Dad was a janitor for a time in this building, and I helped him out sometimes on weekends. I did little and probably spent more time shooting hoops in the gym. In 1987 this neo-classical designed building was reopened as the popular Portland Regency Hotel. We've never stayed here; however, I must admit that Elenka and I have frequented their Armory Lounge.
I recommend the martini menu.
Enjoy the dolphins in snow too.

24 comments:

  1. Repurposed as a hotel? That's amazing. I love seeing these beautiful old buildings being put to good use.

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  2. it's a beautiful building...how neat that you worked there with your dad...our birthday "blitz" is in august!

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  3. That is a lot of birthday's piled up all together.

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  4. Funny how some families have many birthdays all at once! My family has a January blitz and my husband's has an october one. I like the look of this building.

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  5. A great use for the old Armory; wonder if there are any ghosts walking the halls? I like the red brick and the symmetry of the architecture.

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  6. pretty looking building. glad its still used.

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  7. What a wonderful use for this lovely old building Birdman, always good to hear. Your March is like my September, seriously nearly everyone in P's family were born in September makes you wonder what was going on around Christmas each year :)

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  8. This red building looks really well Under white snow . Oh, and Happy birthday wishes from France to share to members of your family !

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  9. It's a good use for the building.

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  10. When I enlarged this pic it was wonderful! The snow flakes made the shot.

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  11. Love this. Love everything about it.

    I hear you. They're all December and January babies where I come from.

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  12. I love this shot. It's going to be strange, once your snow stops, to see your photos without the expanse of snowflakes across your lens.

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  13. Love these old buildings! Always nice when cities preserve them!

    Janis
    GDP

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  14. My birthday is next Friday and we have at least six more birthdays in March...

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  15. Nice to see that it was repurposed.

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  16. Beautiful exterior. Perhaps you'll take us inside...for a martini sometime.

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  17. Wonderful old building! My birthday was yesterday, but I'm not saying how old I am.

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  18. Love old buildings that have been recycled into something nice like this hotel. It is such a pet peeve of mine to see gorgeous old commercial buildings biting the dust. Good post -- barbara

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  19. Isn't it remarkable how architects can take borderline ugly old buildings and transform them into fine hotels?

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  20. It's that way at work too. There are three of us just in this week.

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  21. I've got an awful lot of birthdays in February too... I wonder what particularly romantic thing happens in June...

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  22. Great photo & interesting history...I would think it's pretty expensive. Went there just once for an art show opening...

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