Repairs begin at Fort Gorges in Portland harbor

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PORTLAND — Repairs are under way at Fort Gorges that will allow contractors safe passage to construct a new viewing platform on the fort’s north parapet. The platform is expected to be installed in 2017.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leading repair and renovation efforts at the fort. The Friends of Fort Gorges, working with the city, has also received funding for repairs and a master plan from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Fort Gorges, named for Sir Fernando Gorges, the colonial proprietor of Maine, was completed in 1864. It sits on Hog Island, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It was designated a local landmark in 1990.