70 Merrill St., Portland, Maine
6 Artist Studios 350-1000 square feet
Merrill Street Studios was the first dedicated artist studio building in Portland. It is still one of only a few. The building was originally used as a dairy than as a cooperage. Just prior to redevelopment it was a construction warehouse for a masonry contractor. Conversion to artist studios was a much more compatible use for this unusual “industrial” building in a dense residential neighborhood. It was welcomed by the community and has proven to be a good neighbor.