Welcome to Mechanics’ Hall

In 1815, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association formed to support Maine’s creative community: they were blacksmiths, coopers, artists, innovators and creators. Between 1857 and 1859, they built Mechanics’ Hall in Portland – a communal gathering space with a lending library at its center.

Today, Mechanics’ Hall celebrates that rich history through literary arts programs, music, performance and more while working to restore our landmark building as a vibrant cultural resource. 

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