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The Porteous Building

522 Congress Street
Acquired 1993
1904 Beaux-Arts design
Formerly the Porteous, Mitchell, and Braun department store
Size: 148,000 sq. ft.

In 1996, the Porteous Building was selected as one of only 24 projects in the country to participate in the inaugural Energy Star Showcase Building program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to preserving an historic building, MECA took an environmentally progressive approach to the Porteous Building renovation. Over 200 truckloads of debris removed from the building were recycled. Energy-efficient heating and lighting were installed to save energy and reduce pollution. Skylights were added to bring more natural light into the building.

One of the most important features of the Porteous Building is its state-of-the-art ventilation system. Custom-designed for each studio department, the ventilation system creates a healthy and safe environment for art-making for both students and faculty.

Croxton Collaborative architects of New York City served as environmental consultants to Porteous renovation architects Van Dam & Renner of Portland. Croxton designed the headquarters of the Audubon Society in Manhattan, which received national attention as a model of "green design."

For more information on the Energy Star Building program, contact the E.P.A. at

Oak Street

Following a $2 million renovation and refitting, the former historic Everett Hotel, opened in August 2005 as Maine College of Art's Oak Street residence hall. Oak Street houses approximately eight-five students in a combination of single and double rooms with the majority of rooms sharing a bathroom with one other room. Oak Street is wheelchair accessible, has an elevator and ADA compliant room. All rooms are wired for Internet access.

Building amenities include a laundry room on the first floor, vending machines and student lounge with cable television and local phone. The atmosphere within Oak tends to be lively with residents from all floors socializing with each other and students often gather in the hallways to work on homework projects together. Oak houses primarily first year students.

Shepley Street

Shepley Street offers approximately 55 students a more independent living community in either two or four person apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, kitchen table and chairs, living room, bathroom and bedroom(s).

Laundry rooms are located in the basement along with a bike storage room. The student lounge in Shepley has cable television and local phone. The atmosphere within Shepley tends to be quieter with strong community within each apartments. Shepley houses a mixture of first-year and upper-class students.

Miles Standish

Miles Standish opened as Maine College of Art's newest residence hall in 2012 and currently houses a combination of MECA students and Portland community members in apartment living. Each apartment has a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. The building offers wireless Internet and a laundry room located in the basement. Miles Standish houses primarily upper-class students.


For more information, please visit Residential Education & Housing

Pace House

In 2007, American Artist Stephen Pace bequeathed his summer home in Stonington for use by Maine College of Art as a residency and gallery, to ensure its continued use as an artistic haven.

Stephen was born in 1918 in Missouri and studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.  He settled in New York and became an acclaimed artist known for his Abstract Expressionist work.  In later years he devoted himself to more representational paintings and drawings. Stephen and his wife, Palmina, bought the Stonington house, a turn-of-the-century sea captain’s residence set on a ledge overlooking the Penobscot Bay, in 1943.  They summered there for sixty-four years, until their relocation to Indiana.

Stonington is a charming fishing village that retains the old-fashioned flavor of New England life. Lobstering is the mainstay of the economy.  The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is located nearby and many artists and artisans have galleries, studios and workshops dotted throughout the island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge.