An unused 19th century wooden storefront was in devastation and near total loss before historic tax credits and careful restoration helped rescue this special piece of Biddeford’s past. Removing expansive rot and performing a total rebuild required the work of multiple teams and particular design decisions.
Renovation plans were expected to match the original building and had to receive both state and federal approval. Details were pulled from vintage postcard photographs taken of the building in its prime. Once design for the 4,000-square-foot structure was approved, retaining as much existing material as possible became the next challenge, as nearly all of the wood was unusable. Any remaining original material was then matched with new local pine. The upper facade window moldings were crafted to match the original aesthetic and remade in the same way they would have been in the 19th century. Today, the fully renovated Alfred Street building houses a coffee shop and retail space and stands as a testament to Biddeford’s resurgence.