Friends of Lincoln Park

"The Fence that Survived 152 Years of Maine Winters"

Yes, Friends of Lincoln Park, this is your fence, an historic landmark has survived all those wicked winters and is now well on its way to complete restoration.

As you can see, the Congress Street section has already been renewed from top to bottom, with restored iron work and a major face lift for the granite piers.

Our Sculpture/Conservator Jonathan Taggart is overseeing the entire project, working on it himself daily to be certain of its accuracy and authenticity.

This is a major undertaking for anybody which takes time and funding. Jonathan has agreed to see the project through to the end, which means the next section to tackle is Pearl Street, and that has already begun, but will need to be picked up in the Spring with more conducive weather. What will save time and money are some of the new methods Jonathan has been able to institute while working on the Congress Street section at the beginning of this project. He has found ways of casting the base of the piers which can be used as we progress, as well as new and more efficient methods of cleaning the iron and resetting it with products that may be even more enduring than the original materials.

The City has CIP funds available to start the work on Pearl Street, and the Friends continue to seek more funding through private and public donations. Update: April, 2024 Although previously considered to be a priority project by the City of Portland, the Lincoln Park fence was not awarded CIP funds from the city for this fiscal year after all. This leaves the Friends of Lincoln Park scrambling to look elsewhere for support to complete the work that has already begun on the Pearl Street side of the fence.

Please help us by donating what you can afford to contribute and be a part of our historical preservation campaign!

Thank you,

Frank E. Reilly
Friends of Lincoln Park

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Friends of Lincoln Park • 168 York Street • Portland, Maine, 04101