That first illustration is amazing! I had never seen this project as anything other than a blurry newspaper clipping . Great find MartinS/ Portlander!
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.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)
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.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.
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.Did the recession kill the Fidelity Building project? When was it proposed? Surprisingly, it received approval from Deb Andrews and the Planning Board....LOL