This route will take you through the Western Promenade Historic District, a Victorian-era neighborhood filled with homes in the Italianate, Queen Anne, and other architectural styles.
Start on Portland’s Western Prom at the corner of Pine Street, near the 1910 statue of Maine statesman Thomas Brackett Reed. Walk south on the park’s sidewalk so that Maine Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, is behind you. Enjoy views of the Fore River, Portland International Jetport, and, on a clear day, Mount Washington. Admire the impressive edifices, and towards the end of the prom, pass through the Western Cemetery gate. Follow the well-worn path to the right, around the cemetery perimeter. Turn right through the large stone gate onto Vaughan Street, then take your first left onto Spring Street. Pass the 1845 Gothic House, considered the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in the state, as well as the Waynflete School, then take a left onto Thomas Street. Walk until you reach Pine Street, where you’ll turn right. Turn left onto West Street, just before foodie favorites Aurora Provisions, Caiola’s Restaurant, and Bonobo Wood Fire Pizza. Walk two blocks, turn left onto Neal Street, then turn right on Carroll Street. Turn right on Vaughan, passing neighborhood favorite sandwich shop Vaughan Street and the 1882 Elizabeth M. MacDonald house by John Calvin Stevens, before turning left on Brackett Street, and left again on Bramhall Street. This will take you past the Maine Medical Center and back to where you started on the Prom. For further information on the architectural styles and sites, visit portlandlandmarks.org.