15 Sea Street

A proud historic building becoming home to new businesses in Eastport, Maine


A souvenir booklet dated 1908 provides a glimpse into the historic role the Seacoast Canning Co. played in Eastport and neighboring communities.

“All of our Maine cities have attributes that in some especial measure claim and deserve consideration. Eastport eclipses all in its sardine industry and lays special claim to the fact that she has the largest sardine and canning industry in the world, that of the Seacoast Canning Co. This important industry was established in 1899 and it was incorporated as the Seacoast Canning Co. in 1903. The building at 15 Sea Street was constructed in 1908 and is known as the American Can Building. The building was home to the Continental Brand of roll key opening can.”

“The products produced by the Seacoast Canning Co. are favorably known throughout the civilized world and they have an established reputation for superiority. The specialty of the company is the Continental Brand of sardines which is know for its general excellence throughout the entire world and is a standard for all other manufacturers.”

Many residents of Eastport and surrounding communities earned their living in this building, and stories of the hard work and good times among the workers still abound today. After years of being home to sardine can making, the building served the aquaculture industry.

This historic building was purchased in 2003 and awaits the next phase of its life. Dirigamus LLC partners Meg McGarvey, Linda Godfrey, and Nancy Asante, working with others, intend to create spaces and places which will honor our fishing history, showcase local creativity, and share nature’s abundance in and around Passamaquoddy Bay. Here you see the rendering of what 15 Sea Street will look like when completed. Imagine you are standing in the street outside of The Commons and looking southeast. This will be the new view as designed by our concept architect Peter MacKenzie of Comeau MacKenzie Architecture in Saint John, New Brunswick.

 

Floor 1 Floorplan

The first floor will be occupied by hotel rooms and small businesses mostly related to the arts and maritime activities. A flexible meeting/small theater/catered dining space will allow this floor to host specialized study groups, small conferences, Road Scholar classes, and provide a venue for presentations and performances.

Historical displays and exhibits will allow us to tell the stories of the area’s past and to demonstrate such things as how herring weirs operate, sardine cans were made, and sardines were prepared for packing. We will spotlight various activities related to local fisheries, ship building, wreath making, and the creative arts.

A lobby and elevator will be on this floor, along with an information area, ticket sales for local adventures, and public restrooms.

 

Floor 2 Floorplan

The second floor will house residential units, a small spa/fitness area, and media room. Sixteen units will provide distinctive designs, comfortable amenities, and glorious views to our tenants. Units will have Wi-Fi to permit longdistance employment, and the building's efficient energy systems will mean affordable living in this unique space. A small guest library and laundry operations will round out the amenities on this floor. We expect to showcase local artist’s work throughout the building.

 

Floor 3 Floorplan

The third floor will be known as The Lantern, and will house eight hotel rooms. Each room will have ceilings ranging from 9-14 feet. Creative design of this floor will allow for different configurations of the space, from eight separate rooms to combinations of rooms for groups, family reunions, wedding parties, and research teams. Views of Passamaquoddy Bay and nearby islands are spectacular.

American Can Plant construction

American Can Company, Eastport, the factory that manufactured roll-top cans for the sardine industry, nearing construction completion in 1908.


American Can Company, Eastport, virtually vacant since 2004
American Can Plant, vacant in 2004
American Can Plant aerial





American Can Company, Eastport (lower left), in its prime location on the city's eastern shore, next to Passamaquoddy Bay and facing Campobello Island, N.B., Canada. Photo © Don Dunbar



Rendering of the renovated building to be known as 15 Sea Street-Eastport, a project to be completed by a newly announced partnership between local owners, Dirigamus, LLC, and Arnold Development Group of Kansas City, Mo. (15seastreet.com)
15 Sea Street north elevation rendering
15 Sea Street perspective rendering





Another rendering of the 15 Sea Street-Eastport project, the second historic restoration project in Maine by Arnold Development Group. Their first was the 2015 award-winning revitalization of the 1908 Mayo Mill at Dover-Foxcroft. (dfmill.com)

For Information

Kansas City Contact:

15 Sea Street Eastport
Jonathan Arnold, CEO
Arnold Development Group
Kansas City, Mo.
jonathan arnold < >
Office: 816-595-5000 x224
Cell: 816-529-7010

Eastport Contact:

15 Sea Street Eastport
Linda Cross Godfrey, Eastport Contact
Dirigamus, LLC
< >
Office: 207-853-4123

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