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Cumberland County

Cumberland County is named for Prince William Augustus, who was the Duke of Cumberland and the son of King George II of Great Britain.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oxford County and Androscoggin County

E – Sagadahoc County

S – Atlantic Ocean

W – York County


Created:  March 28, 1760                                                           Map of Maine highlighting Cumberland County

County Seat: 

Portland  1761 – present


County Courthouse – Portland  


Location:  142 Federal Street / Pearl Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Guy Lowell of Boston, Massachusetts and George Burnham of Portland

Contractor:  F W Cunningham & Sons of Portland


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a four story granite structure. The building is located in the center of Portland. The northwest front has a central entrance on the second story and four columns rising from the third story to a header at the roof line. The northwest corner and the southwest corner have two columns and rise to pediments at the roof line. Rising above the roof is a stone crest. The south side has four columns rising from the second story to a header at the roof line. On the north and east sides is the new three story addition e story added in 1988 to 1991. The architect was Terrien Architects Inc. and the contractor was RCL, Inc. The building houses the Maine Supreme Court.


Note:  The contractor, F W Cunningham & Sons of Portland constructed many building in Portland including the United States Courthouse designed by James Knox Taylor in 1911 and which is located south of the County Courthouse.


History:  The county was created in 1760 and Portland was selected as the county seat in 1761. The first courthouse was built in 1786. The second courthouse was designed by John Kimball and built by Sheriff Hunnewell, Barrett Potter and Albert 1816. The third courthouse was designed by James H Rand of Boston and constructed by William Willis in 1858 to 1862. The building was destroyed by fire. In 1866, the fourth courthouse and City Hall was designed by F H Fassett and constructed and was destroyed by fire in 1908. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1910.


Maine Supreme Court



Description:  The Maine Supreme Court is housed in the Cumberland County Courthouse. The Supreme Court courtroom is located on the west side of the second story


Other Branch Courthouse





County Courthouse – Portland

























Supreme Court – Portland











Photos taken 2014 and 2018