Ingraham Corner

View of the Inn and gardens.
Location: Rockport, Maine, USA
Project Categories: UrbanismCodes
Year Started: 1989
Status: planned
Size: 198 acres

Originally designed in 1989 with a smaller footprint, the master plan for Ingraham Corner was revisited in 2010 after additional land acquisitions that granted greater accessibility and visibility. The Project comprises nearly 200 acres in Midcoast Maine and reestablishes a historic village center within West Rockport that had been dispersed over the years by the widening of two regional highways, Route 90 and Route 17.

Building on The Foundry, an existing glass and metal arts complex operated by one of the Village Founders, the new community hopes to foster an artist colony with exhibition facilities and outdoor gathering spaces for public events. The surrounding residences in a range of single-family detached to multi-family options will be joined by restaurants, office space, and a variety of local and regional retail. Civic uses and structures of public nature include a planned amphitheatre, a farmers market, a relocated post office, a bed and breakfast, a larger inn, a neighborhood pool and playground, as well as a site for a community hall. Weaving through the community and providing a framework to its plan are a series of stream and wetland preserves that link the site to the adjoining landscape and offer connection points to the regional trail network and nearby Ragged Mountain which frames the view to the north.

Exploring partnerships with a nearby continuing care retirement campus operated by Penbay Health and utilizing some of the farmland that is now part of the project area, Ingraham Corner is well positioned to advance two important 21st Century trends in healthy community design - the growing need for multi-generational housing and services, and sustainable, small-scale local food cultivation.

View of phase 1 including the artist village and the builder's square. Ingraham Corner master plan, 2010. Detailed plan of phase 1 Ingraham Corner master plan, 1989. View of the Inn and gardens. Typical view of a creek-side trail.

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