Captain Ankeny hired E.M. Burton and W.W. piper to design the project. Together they erected the South Wing and began work on the Market and Theater.1871
A dispute over relocation ended their partnership and Ankeny had Piper finish work on the Market building, while hiring Burton and his new partner, W.H. Williams, to construct the North Wing. After a dispute Ankeny fired Burton and Williams. 1872
Construction was completed by W.W. Piper and building opened as an upscale theater and produce market.1875
The last presentation played to a packed house in the second story theater on October 30th.1887
This greenhouse was added in the restoration of the New Market Village and Captain Ankeny's well was discovered.1982
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Built in 1872, the New Market Theater, is regarded as one of the most historic and significant buildings of early Portland. The building once held a 1,200-seat theater and a public market on its main floor. The front of the New Market Theater traces its architectural heritage back to the Italian Renaissance in Venice. The structure strongly resembles the famous Palazzo Vendrami on the Grand Canal, which was constructed in 1481. In adapting the style for Portland, the architects used cast iron and wood painted white in place of Italian travertine marble, contrasting in both cases with red brick. Originally the site of Captain Ankeny’s home his well capped and remained unknown until it was rediscovered during the structure’s restoration 110 years later. Excavation revealed the brick-lined well to be 23 feet deep, and a number of artifacts of the Ankeny household were founded at the bottom and are displayed in a case on the mezzanine. This legendary hub of culture and commerce is once again a center of innovation and creativity. The New Market Theater Block captures Portland’s legacy of discovery, independence and invention in captivating workspaces.