Streetscape Team

The Gardiner Main Street Streetscape Team is involved with enhancing the physical appearance of downtown Gardiner including the rehabilitation of historic buildings, encouragement of supportive new construction, development of sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

Our Streetscape Team’s goal for 2021 is ‘Raising Our Game,’ an intention to make the city shine after the completion of the bridge projects. In addition to tending the city gardens and setting out planters downtown on Water Street, this team also cleans up and maintains the public gardens downtown and at the Waterfront Park. Their work last year also included sanding and repainting all the rails bordering the Common and tending to its Palmer Fountain. They are also partnering with the City’s Building and Grounds crew on downtown maintenance and advising on the reconstruction of McKay Park.

Current Projects include:

  • Maintaining flower planters and benches along Water Street
  • Maintaining Palmer Fountain at the Common
  • Earth Day downtown cleanup
  • Maintains public gardens downtown and at Waterfront Park
  • Working with Gardiner Public Works Department for maintenance and repair plan for downtown Water Street
  • Advising on reconstruction of McKay Park


Past Projects have included:

  • Wheat Paste & Art in the Park
  • Repainting rails & gazebo touch-ups at the Common 
  • Develop way-finding & signage recommendations
  • Breathe Free, You’re in Maine!
  • Light pole painting
  • Historic Pathway
  • Cobbossee Streamside
  • Manage city’s $80,000 facade grant program
  • Kennebec-Chaudiere Monument Site
  • Benches Project
  • Restoration of Johnson Hall Park
  • History Walk: Hidden Spaces/Storied Places
  • Legacy: 150 Years of Johnson Hall
  • Sturgeon Art with SpinOff Studios
  • If This Building Could Talk
  • Pallet Chairs

Get Involved!

We need your help to sustain the Gardiner Main Street initiatives and invite you to join a committee, volunteer for events, or make a donation. For volunteer opportunities, email, call 207.582.3100, or fill out our volunteer contact form.

Gardiner Historic District Exterior Design Guidelines

Downtown Gardiner is a designated Historic District.

The purpose of this brochure is to help you design the exterior of your building in keeping with Gardiner’s unique downtown, its history and its architectural heritage.

Whether you just need to repaint, upgrade windows, or do a whole facade update, this brochure will help you with what needs to be done and provide resources to help you find solutions.

If you own a building in the Historic district first consult with the Gardiner Historic Preservation Commission about how you plan to modify your building.

There are certain codes that must be followed when making changes or additions to any building. So please contact the City of Gardiner code enforcement officer to clarify what can and cannot be done.