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The Press Hotel Coming to Portland, Maine in 2015

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  Site Where: 119 Exchange St. [map], Portland, ME, United States, 04101
February 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

Stop the presses! Start the construction. It was announced this week that Maine’s former Portland Press Herald building will be transformed into boutique accommodations — The Press Hotel, slated to open in 2015. (We had heard this was going to happen a few years ago but now it's legit.)

The 90-year old building on Exchange Street in the historic Old Port District has been abandoned since the city’s major newspaper relocated in 2010. But local Jim Brady — a longtime hotel developer who has renovated properties for Doubletree Hotels, Holiday Inn and others established brands — intends to preserve the history of the space. He described his vision in a statement about the project:

We want to connect with the history of the building, the talent of the region, and the skills of Maine’s craftsmen and artists. … This hotel will be connected to where the local scene is going while being rooted in its past.”

The interior, designed by Stonehill & Taylor (the team behind NYC spots like The Refinery and Ace), “will be a modern interpretation of Portland’s history of news and information, the long history of Maine’s appeal to artists and the building’s printing history.” Read: Free coffee and Screaming Rooms. (No? Well, this is supposed to appeal to journalists, right?)

When completed, the 110-room hotel — which is also gunning for LEED certification — will be part of the 60-property strong Autograph Collection, which includes New York’s Carlton Hotel, The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, among others. It will also boast a 100-seat restaurant designed by Big Time Design, which has been responsible for Watusi in Chicago and B Bar in Miami Beach. Brady has previously estimated that the project will run a $10 million dollar tab, which will be the first time that amount of money has been poured into a newsroom, according to every writer ever. Stay tuned for more details.

[Rendering: The Press Hotel]

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