October 1, 2012

City seeks public input on future of Nathan Clifford building

The 44,288-square-foot building containing 16 classrooms has been declared surplus by the Portland School District.

By Tom Bell tbell@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — City officials are asking the public for ideas about what to do with the Nathan Clifford School.

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Children enjoy the playground in back of Nathan Clifford School on Falmouth Street in Portland in this 2010 photo.

The Nathan Clifford Re-Use Advisory Task Force is hosting a meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in room 209 at City Hall.

The task force and city staff will discuss the current condition of the building as well as ideas for re-use. The public is invited to offer additional ideas and prioritize uses for the City Council's consideration.

The school is currently vacant. Earlier this year, the school was declared surplus by the school district.

Named after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Nathan Clifford, the school was opened on April 1, 1909. The justice's grandson, also named Nathan Clifford, served as Portland's mayor in 1906 when the school's construction began. Designed by renowned architect John Calvin Stevens and his son, John Howard Stevens, the Nathan Clifford School is a three-story building constructed of buff brick at a cost of $135,057.

The building, which totals 44,288 square feet, contains 16 classrooms laid out in an H-shape, with one classroom anchoring each corner of the structure.


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