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    The Press Hotel was developed by Jim Brady, who said that one of the greatest challenges in creating the hotel was adhering to strict standards for historic preservation that allowed the project to receive special tax credits.

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    Old typewriter cases adorn a wall near the entrance to the Press Hotel in Portland. The window framing at left is designed to recall letterpress boxes that held type used in printing. Developer Jim Brady has branded the history of the Portland Press Herald and newspaper journalism throughout the hotel, which is housed in the former Press Herald building.

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    1992: Election night in the conference room on the second floor of the Portland Press Herald building.

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    This guest room at the Press Hotel occupies the conference space where daily news budget meetings were held.

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    1992: Executive editor Lou Ureneck, standing, in the newsroom on election night.

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    The second-floor hallway in the Press Hotel runs through the middle of what was once the Press Herald newsroom.

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    Old typewriters are mounted to a wall in the main lobby of the Press Hotel in Portland. Developer Jim Brady has branded the history of the Portland Press Herald and newspaper journalism throughout the hotel.

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    The newspaper's press was in the basement of the Portland Press Herald building.

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    A scale that was used to weigh newsprint rolls still functions and has been placed in the fitness center at the hotel.

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    The entrance to the Union restaurant off the lobby of the hotel used to be the entry to the classified advertising department at the Portland Press Herald.

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    FILE: A 1982a1982: The entrance to the classified advertising department on the first floor of the Press Herald building. view of the entrance to the Classified department on the first floor of the former Press Herald building.

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    Light shines through a cut-out metal plate, projecting the room number on the wall.

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    A sculpture by Maine artist John Bisbee is one of the commissioned artworks in the hotel.

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    Hallway walls are decorated with actual headlines used in the Portland Press Herald over the years. The headlines compress and overlap near the bottom of the wall, and letters are embedded in the rug, making it appear that they fell off the wall.

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    1978: Reporter George Weir speaks to newsroom visitors in the newsroom on the second floor of the Portland Press Herald building.

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    A seating area in the hotel lobby.

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    The room number directions in the hallways at The Press Hotel are designed with woodblock letters to recall the type once used to print newspapers. The woodblock carvings were created by Matt Hutton, an associate professor at Maine College of Art.

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    The rooftop patio of the penthouse suite has a commanding view of Casco Bay.

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    Developer Jim Brady has branded the history of the Portland Press Herald and newspaper journalism throughout the Press Hotel. Behind Brady is the hotel's front desk, which has a wall carving of woodblock letters by Matt Hutton.

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