Introducing The Francis

The Francis is soon to be a meticulously restored Portland landmark, reborn as a beautiful hotel, with all the modern-day amenities. Located in the West End of Portland, Maine, The Francis will feature 15 guest rooms, a distinctive restaurant and bar, and a small on-site spa. This inviting, boutique hotel blends contemporary design with authentic, historic character and will appeal to guests seeking luxurious accommodations and full-service hotel amenities, in a unique and charming property. In addition to the restaurant and spa, amenities include valet parking, mini-bars that showcase local products, guest rooms featuring smart technology, elevator service, and 24-hour front desk concierge services. The Francis will embrace the vibrant Bramhall neighborhood lifestyle and feature art, furniture, and food & beverage produced in Maine.


In 1881, the brick mansion located at 747 Congress Street was designed by Francis Fassett and built as a single-family residence for Mellen E. Bolster and his family. Francis Fassett was a highly renowned American architect, born in Bath, Maine, in 1823, and was considered one of Maine’s most extraordinary architectural talents. He played an important role in the rebuilding of Portland after the Great Portland Fire of 1866. His designs included the original Maine General Hospital, Alms House, Second Parish Church, the parish house for the Cathedral of St. Luke, and the former city hall, which was destroyed by fire in 1908. He also designed numerous gracious residences, many in Portland’s fashionable West End. In the late 1800s, he collaborated with his protégé John Calvin Stevens to design four brick mansions that currently line Congress Street between Longfellow and Bramhall Squares. Included in this row of beautiful, brick Queen Anne- and Italianate-style mansions is the Mellen E. Bolster House.


After sitting vacant for over a decade, the property known as the Mellen E. Bolster House will open its doors for the first time as a hotel in the Fall of 2017. In order to make this transition a realty, the developers worked with the National Park Service (NPS) to put the property on the National Registry of Historic Places, cementing its proper place as a historically significant property in Portland. As such, the historic elements of the building will be preserved meticulously following NPS standards – the grand entrance and staircase, original wood floors and doors, tile fireplaces, stained glass, and the many architectural details of the time.

The Francis

Coming in Fall 2017

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