Gannett Building

A Downtown Presence

331 Water Street, Augusta, Maine

Since spring 2011, the Architecture Program has been housed in the Handley Hall (formerly the Gannett Building), downtown Augusta.  Located at 331 Water Street, our presence in the heart of the state capitol is the ideal place from which our students can engage communities across the state.

UMA received the Handley Hall in January 2010 as a gift from Richard McGoldrick, a Portland developer who owns a handful of other downtown Augusta properties.   Built in 1875, the building was renovated in 2010.  The renovations to Handley Hall give the architecture program dedicated studio space, dedicated critique spaces, additional faculty office space, and its first architecturally focused storefront gallery, located at street level.


In addition, Handley Hall provides additional architecture drafting/studio classrooms that are hard-wired with state-of-the-art presentation technology.  Additional faculty offices, lobby display areas for student work, meeting space, printing specific areas, computer stations, and a model construction area complete the facility.

 Architecture is housed on the second and fourth floors of Handley Hall, with certain Art concentrations working on the third.  This new space puts UMA Architecture and our community mission in the community where it can best interact and thrive.