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No Admittance: 1910

No Admittance: 1910

Portland Harbor, Maine, circa 1910. "Memorial column, Deering Park." This memorial to Market Hall in Portland, using one of the razed building's columns, probably provoked its shares of snickers, not to mention nests. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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It was Greek to me

Here are two pictures of Monument Square in Portland, ME; one with the Market building before 1890, and one from today.

Duck house

The little house in the pond is the duck house. When the pond freezes in the winter, it's popular with skaters, or used to be when I was a kid growing up in Portland.

No longer there

The monument is no longer in the park. Deering Oaks is used for a variety of festivals throughout the warm months. The pond was featured in the film "The Preacher's Wife" with Denzel Washington.

Parque Del Casas Poquitos

I can't find the Market Hall memorial today, but this inexplicable little house lives in the same park.

A little hot in summer

I wonder how many birds thought it was a nice house until the sun hit it?

Best Laugh of the Day

and that award goes to JeffK! Brilliant.

Is it still there?

Or did they tear it down and build a monument to it.

Update: Giving credit where it's due, the picture is not mine, I think our gracious host Dave added the funny photo. Thanks, Dave!

Out of scale

That's what happens when you build your monument to a Nigel Tufnel design.

Avian access

That does look like it just may have been the coolest birdhouse EVER!

Is the monument still there?


Was Market Hall razed?

[As it says on the plaque, to make way for the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. - Dave]

The Plaque

"Above is a model of Market Hall, built in 1825, from which this column was taken when it was removed from the spot now occupied by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument."

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