History, Community and Culture in the Hills

Updates


  • The Gingerbread House
    (Norway Landmark Preservation Society)
    • The Gingerbread House, one of Norway's most unique buildings, is the focus of a restoration and historic preservation effort. To learn more about the history of the building and the plans to save the house, click here. (PDF file, 2.5MB)

      The group has purchased and relocated the Gingerbread House in collaboration with Town of Norway and Costello, Inc. A preservation plan by Barbã+Wheelock Preservation Artchitects has been completed to guide the task force in its efforts to rehabilitate the house. So far, the roof rehabilitation work is complete and the windows are being restored. Electricity will be installed in the basement so restoration work can continue. Although a slow process, the work will continue until the building is fully restored.
  • Norway Opera House
    • The Town of Norway initiated legal action directed at the former owner’s neglect of the building. Final action in the eminent domain process favored the Town of Norway's ownership. The Town of Norway tranferred ownership to the Norway Opera House Corporation. In March 2013 the rehabilitation work was completed on the first retail spaces. Within two months, all five retail spaces were in use and once again bringing people to Main Street. That same year, the rehabilitation project received a Maine Preservation Honor award for Commercial-Restoration/ Rehabilitation. Moving forward, the rehabilitation of the second floor hall is in our sights in Phase 4. With the help of community support, grants and use of Maine and National Historic tax credits, we look forward to future use of the hall again as arts, performance and community multi-use space. For more information and to make a tax-deductible donation, click here.
  • Odd Fellows Buliding
    • Building deeds have been cleared to enable TD Bank to proceed with the sale of the building.
  • Roberts Farm Preserve
    • Located at the western Main Street gateway, the Preserve offers four-season non-motorized recreational opportunities on well-maintained trails with spectacular views. Trails can accommodate casual hikers and serious athletes alike. Plans for the recently purchased Roberts Farmstead (abutting the Preserve) include the creation of a center for community sustainability.  
  • 2014 Bike Maine
    • Norway Downtown partnered with the Bike Coalition of Maine to participate in the 2014 Bike Maine event. Norway was the first overnight on the 7 day ride. We welcomed hundreds of riders from all over the globe and in partnership with many groups in the community arranged an outstanding event.


Accomplishments


  • Improvements made:
    • Rustfield Cemetery rehabilitation
    • Quartz Bridge restoration
    • Custom-designed street banners
    • Gateway signage and beautification
    • Greenspace maintenance plan
    • Main Street trail access planning
    • Town Square Kiosk landscaping and maintenance
    • Facade and signage consultation
    • Garden expansion at Beal Parking area and several other areas on Main Street
    • Island rehab on Lower Main Street
    • Walking map of the downtown area
    • Business brochure for businesses interested in relocating to Norway
  • Awards received:
    • Maine Downtown Center - Outstanding Image Campaign
      • Custom-designed street banners
      • Norway Downtown Map & Guide
      • Duncan Slade Paints Norway, Maine:
        A Year in a Small Town Calendar
    • Outstanding Window Display
      • Norway Savings Bank Operations Center - Western Maine Art Group
    • Green Downtown Grant for planting of new trees along Main Street

 

Downtown Norway, Maine is getting better all the time.