March 5th was a grand and sunny day in South Portland. Great day for an Opening. President Glenn Hutchinson welcomed and thanked everyone, Manager Anne Marie successfully broke a bottle of champagne over a granite post and a new era of banking was launched.
At twilight yesterday we flipped the switch to test the cupola’s lights. We think they passed the test. The cupola feels
like a tiny beacon in the night, a new point of reference for people headed towards the corner of Ocean and Broadway.
The signs of the season in South Portland include snow on our new roof and name signs going up out front. And our first look at the interior. Warm colors for a cool winter day.
Sunny and fifty degrees two days before Christmas. Clad in new clapboards, shingles, stone, our South Portland home is looking ready for the holidays.
Progress continues at the corner of Ocean and Broadway in South Portland where the railing has been installed around the widow's walk. The cupola is a classic Maine architectural detail inspired by the days of sailing ships. In a few short weeks it will be lighted and become a beacon in our newest seafaring community.
Roof is being shingled, trim being painted in the balmy 60 degree weather, landscaping is happening, curbs and paving are in.
Progress on every side. And some views from neighboring Mill Creek Park.
The cupola goes up. When its 12 windows are softly lit it should be a beacon in the night. Which is appropriate on this road to some of the most famous lighthouses in Maine.
How do you get to Ocean and Broadway? Take the bridge. Or if you are in a helicopter, fly in over Portland Headlight, over South Portland’s marinas and across Mill Creek Park and there you are.
View of our front door from the park it faces.
ATM canopy in place.
The walls are up, and the roof is too. The new office is really beginning to take shape.
Construction begins – with the safe in place. Building will be built around that safe as a cornerstone.
Clearing the site for construction.
Preparing the site.
Site on the busy corner of Ocean and Broadway in South Portland.