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And the Fidelity Building Addition:

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The first image complements of Portlander's research.
 

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How about the absurdly cheesy Maine State Pier proposal from Tom Walsh and Bob Baldacci (the governor's brother) in 2007? Credit/shame for this design goes to TMS Architects of Portsmouth.

(I can't believe they paid someone to make a model of this)
 
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And the Fidelity Building Addition:

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The first image complements of Portlander's research.
That first illustration is amazing! I had never seen this project as anything other than a blurry newspaper clipping . Great find MartinS/ Portlander!

A real shame this didn't happen, it would have been a great addition to the skyline, and I feel like it would have aged very well.

I wonder if something like this would ever be considered again, now that the Time & Temp Building isn't on the office market.
 

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Does it seem that Winton Scott Architects have alot invested in failed projects? Most of the failed projects seem to be designed by Winton Scott...just an observation.
 

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How about the absurdly cheesy Maine State Pier proposal from Tom Walsh and Bob Baldacci (the governor's brother) in 2007? Credit/shame for this design goes to TMS Architects of Portsmouth.

(I can't believe they paid someone to make a model of this)
They seem to have taken all of the worst architectural trends of the late 90's / early 2000's and mashed them together, and yet it still looks unbelievably generic. Glad we didn't end up with what is basically a suburban office park in the middle of the waterfront. Although I find it interesting the model includes a rail / light rail line running down Commercial St. :p
 
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Does it seem that Winton Scott Architects have alot invested in failed projects? Most of the failed projects seem to be designed by Winton Scott...just an observation.
Winton Scott was one of the bigger firms in town in the mid-2000s, when a lot of these projects were being proposed, only to get sunk during the Great Recession. I think it was just a matter of bad timing, and maybe they got burned. They're still around, but generally doing lower-profile projects.
 

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Did the recession kill the Fidelity Building project? When was it proposed? Surprisingly, it received approval from Deb Andrews and the Planning Board....LOL
 

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Did the recession kill the Fidelity Building project? When was it proposed? Surprisingly, it received approval from Deb Andrews and the Planning Board....LOL
I'm pretty sure the late 80's / early 90's recession killed of the Fidelity Addition and the big Lincoln square proposal. I'm not sure when the Fidelity addition was proposed. I'll do some diggin' in my files to see if I come up with anything.
 

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The recession and lack of a major tenant contributed to the demise of the Fidelity Building's addition around 1990. I did sent the renderings and related information on the project to the new building ownership which is based in Connecticut this past summer. They responded back by saying they were impressed with what could have been and stated that their plans for the renovations would not be that ambitious but would be a quality project and will respect the structure's historical relevance.
 

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The Village isn't that far off of what was actually built.
 

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Another mid-sized failure. 218-220 Washington Ave. Not officially failed but unlikely to get built at this point.


Side note: It's a tiny bit depressing that as soon as Portland gets its own subforum, the top thread quickly becomes about failed projects :p

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Let's also not forget the original vision for Thompson's Point. The scope of this project has changed significantly. The arena and parking garage will not be built. Office and residential space also seems unlikely under the current master plan.

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Are you sure about the TP parking garage? It was still in the last plan I saw online.
 

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