Image: Collections of City of Portland - Planning & Development, courtesy of Vintage Maine Images

 

"... it seemed to be instinct with life, reaching down its great finger and lifting the ponderous weights as a man would move a small object to any place about a table without the slightest apparent effort and placing them to an inch just where they were desired."

A reporter from The Argus observing Maine's first electric crane moving a twenty-four ton driving wheel lathe at Thompson's Point in September 1904

 
 

History

Brick South sits at the heart of Thompson’s Point, a small peninsula that just into the Fore River at the Southern gateway to Portland, Maine. The site has a rich, industrial past centered around the shipping and railroad industries. It was the port terminus of the Cumberland and Oxford Canal in the 19th century. In the early 20th century, the site served as a transfer point between rail cars and Portland’s busy shipyard. The railyard on Thompson’s Point was a state-of-the-art hub for the repair of locomotive engines; it boasted Maine’s first electric crane.

The decline of rail and shipping in the early- and mid- 20th century led to the eventual demolition of many of the railyard buildings. Only two of the original rail yard buildings remain at the Northern end of the Point: the Car Repair Shop/Planing Mill and the Machine Shop. By the 1940’s, the once bustling area was relegated to industrial manufacturing and storage, and infrastructure fell into disrepair. 

But as Maine’s largest city has grown and been revitalized as a destination for tourists, creatives, immigrants, and entrepreneurs, Thompson’s Point has seen a reincarnation as a hub of creative activity: brewers, restauranteurs, designers, musicians, and makers have set up shop in the site’s once forgotten buildings. This 2.25 million square feet of land at the burgeoning edge of the city is poised to become a new center for residential and commercial activity, with plans for a hotel, children’s museum, recreational opportunities that take advantage of the water and trails nearby, homes, office spaces, and shared green space.

The old Maine Central Railroad Machine Shop has been given new life as Brick South, a flexible multi-purpose venue that attracts a variety of events, from musical performances to trade shows to weddings and conferences.  This gorgeous space features high, open ceilings, exposed iron beams, polished concrete floors—beautiful glimpses of the space’s industrial past alongside essential modern amenities. An event at Brick South on Thompson’s Point is an event steeped in history yet ahead of its time: at the edge of a vibrant neighborhood reborn, at the gateway to Portland yet off the beaten path. Interested? Contact us to start planning now.

 

Travel

Thompson’s Point lies equidistant from the Portland International Jetport and the Portland city center, convenient to Interstate 295 and I-95, adjacent to the Amtrak Downeaster passenger train station and the Concord Trailways bus station with daily routes to Boston and New York. 

 

Booking an Event

If you are interested in planning an event at Brick South or anywhere on Thompson’s Point, please fill out our Inquiry Form and we’ll be in touch about the details.