Property

Details

Property Details

Address

121 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

Use

Hospitality & Office

Owner

123 LLC

Acquired

October 2000

Completed

1867

Building Size

37,845 Gross SF

Property Size

0.2355 Acres

Rooms

19

Name

Thompson Block

Style

Second Empire

— 121 MIDDLE STREET

Known as the Thompson Block and originally completed in 1867 and designed by Architect George M. Harding, this four-story 37,845 square foot Second Empire style building, which encompasses an entire block, has been managed by East Brown Cow since its acquisition by 123 LLC in 2000. The exterior stays true to its historic roots with sandstone and brownstone detail, and a cast iron and carved wood storefront at street level, including decorative columns and scroll-work.

In 2019, following extensive renovations, Commonwealth Hotels and East Brown Cow announced the opening of a brand-new 'urban inn' located in this property. Originally known as 121 MIDDLE, the hospitality offering was renamed to The Docent’s Collection in 2022 to accommodate the brand’s planned expansion throughout Portland’s Old Port district. The Docent’s Collection offers guests a distinctive approach to travel, fusing the first-class hospitality of a hotel stay with modern, mobile-first service and personalized amenities more typically associated with a luxury residential rental. Each Urban Home is expertly designed, with fully equipped kitchens, large dining and living areas, and custom furnishings that honor the historic nature of each space while juxtaposing it with a modern and airy sensibility in order to provide a home away from home experience.

Other Urban Homes featured within The Docent’s Collection are located at 115 Middle Street, 178 Middle Street (opening Winter 2024), and 184 Middle Street (opening Winter 2024).

121 MIDDLE STREET

BACKGROUND

Known as the Thompson Block and originally completed in 1867 and designed by Architect George M. Harding, this four-story 37,845 square foot Second Empire style building, which encompasses an entire block, has been managed by East Brown Cow since its acquisition by 123 LLC in 2000. The exterior stays true to its historic roots with sandstone and brownstone detail, and a cast iron and carved wood storefront at street level, including decorative columns and scroll-work.

In 2019, following extensive renovations, Commonwealth Hotels and East Brown Cow announced the opening of a brand-new 'urban inn' located in this property. Originally known as 121 MIDDLE, the hospitality offering was renamed to The Docent’s Collection in 2022 to accommodate the brand’s planned expansion throughout Portland’s Old Port district. The Docent’s Collection offers guests a distinctive approach to travel, fusing the first-class hospitality of a hotel stay with modern, mobile-first service and personalized amenities more typically associated with a luxury residential rental. Each Urban Home is expertly designed, with fully equipped kitchens, large dining and living areas, and custom furnishings that honor the historic nature of each space while juxtaposing it with a modern and airy sensibility in order to provide a home away from home experience.

Other Urban Homes featured within The Docent’s Collection are located at 115 Middle Street, 178 Middle Street (opening Winter 2024), and 184 Middle Street (opening Winter 2024).