The City of Portland, Indiana

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The sexual abuse lawyers in Portland bring you the following article about the city. We hope to encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the historical and modern features of the city.

Synopsis of Portland

Portland is a city within Jay County, Indiana. Also the seat of the county, it was platted in 1837 and named after Portland, Maine. The city is within proximity to the communities of College Corber, Liber, Blaine, Center, Antville, Westchester and Brice. The main roads serving it are Meridan Street (U.S. Route 27), West Votaw Street (Indiana State Route 26), and Water Street. As of the 2010 census estimate, Portland has a population of 6,085 people and a total area of 4.97 square miles.

Portland Commercial Historic District

Portland Commercial Historic District consists of 58 contributing buildings, one contributing object and one contributing structure in the central business district of Portland. The historic district was developed between 1870 and 1945. It includes notable buildings such as:

  • U.S. Post Office
  • Portland Fire Station #1
  • Johnson Building
  • Stevens Building
  • Citizens Bank
  • Walnut Street Church of Christ
  • FOE Eagles Lodge
  • South Meridian Street Bridge

The national historic district is home to fine examples of Early Commercial, Classical Revival, Romanesque Revival and Italianate architectural styles. On May 30, 1996, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Jay County Courthouse

Jay County Courthouse is a courthouse in the Portland Commercial Historic District. However, it isn't a contributing building of the district because it was listed on the NRHP on May 12, 1981. The three-story limestone historic building was built between 1915 and 1919. Designed by architects Peter Hulsken and Thomas McLaughlin, it is of the late 19th and 20th Century Revivals and 2nd Renaissance Revival architectural styles.

Jonas Votaw House

Jonas Votaw House is a historic home on South Meridian Street in Portland. Also known as the Jotaw-Jacqua House, it was constructed in 1875. The two-story brick dwelling was designed by Jacob, Burke, et al. It is of the Italiante architectural style. In 1925 and 1978, additions were made to the home. On December 6, 2004, it was added to the NRHP.

Things To Do

The city of Portland has many things for residents and visitors to do. From shopping to sports play, there are recreational activities for everyone of all ages.

The Portland Waterpark is a public swimming pool in Portland. Offering a toddler pool, splash area, lazy river, zero-entry pool, two water slides, bucket drop and a beach area, it is a great place for family and friends. Come enjoy a variety of concession stand food, good music and a lot of fun.

Located south of the water park is the Hudson Family Park on South Wayne Street. Home to a large playground, lake, amphitheatre, open space and walking trails, the park is the perfect place for afternoon picnics, walking your dog, gatherings or relaxation. During the summer, the Arts Place hosts its annual Arts in the Parks events at the amphitheatre, where children ages six and older can experience both the performing and visual arts. Taught by experienced art educators and artists, the classes cost $5 each or $30 for camp.

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