Fort Gorges Benefit Art Show Opening
November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: November 1 – 30, 2018
Named after Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Fort Gorges was built 1858-1864 by Ruben Smart and is modeled after Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. Fort Gorges was planned and constructed as one of three forts in Portland Harbor in reaction to the threat of foreign naval powers, initially provoked by the War of 1812. It is a D-shaped, two-story, enclosed fortress, constructed entirely with local granite, and hosted 56 gun emplacements on the south, east, and west facades. When completed in 1864, Fort Gorges was already deemed obsolete due to technological advancements in rifled artillery and high-explosive ammunition developed during the Civil War. Fort Gorges hosted a live-in caretaker after the Civil War, and acted as a storage facility in both World War I and World War II. Declared surplus property in 1960, the United States government conveyed Fort Gorges to the city of Portland, which continues to own the property today.
The mission of Friends of Fort Gorges, the non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the fort, is “to restore Fort Gorges to make it safe and keep it accessible to future generations. We believe in its historical significance, as well as its educational and cultural potential.”