Aug 13, 2013

Dominican Block Website Launched

Dominican Block Website Launched

The Dominican Block is a landmark building in downtown Lewiston, Maine, that was built in 1883 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lyme has owned the Dominican Block since 2002, and has so far saved the structure and restored the exterior to historic standards. As the next phase of the Dominican Block redevelopment begins, we have put together a website to showcase the building's rich history, market the building, and serve as a tool for communicating with the surrounding community.

Please visit for more information.

Apr 22, 2011

Lyme Properties Nominated For National Historic Award for Charles T. Wilder Center

Lyme Properties was humbled and honored to be nominated for a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award by the Preservation Trust for Vermont. The Wilder Center project was nominated for a National Honor Award, and David Clem was nominated for the Peter H. Brink Award for Personal Achievement.

The Preservation Trust of Vermont held their board meeting at the restored Charles T. Wilder Center on February 10th, and shortly thereafter they nominated the project for these prestigious awards. Lyme prepared application materials including before and after photos of the building, and we were touched by the letters of support we received for the project.

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Oct 16, 2010

Lyme Celebrates The Grand Opening of Wilder Center

The citizens of Wilder, Vermont and the Upper Valley joined Lyme Properties on October 16, 2010 to celebrate the grand opening of the Charles T. Wilder Center, a former Congregational Church built in 1890 that Lyme has fully restored and renovated over the course of the past 16 months.

Please visit the new Wilder Center website for more about the project and the Grand Opening celebration.

Dec 1, 2009

Building Design & Construction: "Research Facility Breaks The Mold"

Lyme Properties was honored to have The Center For Life Science Boston written up in the December 2009 edition of Building Design & Construction. As Senior Editor Jay W. Schneider wrote, "The Center for Life Science | Boston is a rare building, a speculative high-rise research facility that offers tenants—a who's who of the city's leading researchers and medical institutions—a plug-and-play framework for setting up individual lab and research space."

Click here to read the full article on the Building Design & Construction Website.

The full article can be downloaded here.

May 15, 2009

Lewiston Sun Journal: Historic Restorations Applauded

By Scott Taylor Staff WriterCopyright: Lewiston Sun JournalMay 15, 2009 5:00 amOriginal Article:

LEWISTON - You can tell a building matters to a community by the way the community reacts to renovations, developer David Clem said.

That's the case with the Dominican Block, the four-story building he's renovating on the corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets.

"I've had more people stop by than any other project, talking about what the building means to them," Clem said. "They say they used to go to school here, or go to a shop in the building. It really means a lot to them."

It means a lot to the city's Historic Preservation Review Board, as well. Clem's Dominican Block was one of three buildings recognized for renovation efforts. The board also recognized an entire district around Main and Frye street. That area, including parts of Frye, Main and College streets near the Bates College campus, earned a National Register of Historic Places designation this year.

Clem said Thursday he was midway through his renovation project, the one-time home of the Dominican Fathers. Built in 1882, it housed retail on its lower floors, a school on the middle and an open space on the top floor.

"That's the part that you fall in love with, even when it's full of 3,000 pigeons," Clem said.

Striking a balance

He's been walking a regulatory tightrope since he began the work in 2007.

"It's an old building, so the fire inspectors and (Americans with Disability Act) rules want the building brought up to date," he said. "That's the exact opposite of what the historic board wants."

It's worth it, however.

"The people that are working for me are having to understand that a building like this represents quality and a level of craftsmanship that is not standard or economically feasible these days," he said.

He plans to continue fire safety and ADA renovations this summer. He has a plan for how to use the building, but he's keeping it to himself for the moment.

"Whatever is going to happen, it's going to be up to this community," Clem said. "I'm just in charge of the bones. It's going to be up to the community to give it a body and bring it to life."

The board also recognized Community Concepts for building the Bates Street Senior Housing project so that it matches the architectural and design theme of its Kennedy Park neighborhood. The Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's Church, which hosted Thursday's event, was also recognized for preservation efforts.

The event was to mark May as National Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That's a nonprofit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.