A nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation of buildings possessing architectural or historic merit.


maine-preservation-gives-seed-grant-to-historic-building-rehab-effortSPI’s present and future mission is to preserve and maintain the Bath area’s (Bath, Maine, USA) fine architectural heritage through the creation of a historic district commission, the promotion of stewardship, and the use of protective covenants. One of SPI’s goals is to continue educational programs on architectural heritage in Bath’s schools and to provide an architectural awareness to all.

SPI was founded in 1971, first, to save the Winter Street Church, long overlooking Bath’s City Park, from scheduled demolition and, second, to support the preservation of Bath’s distinctive architectural legacy increasingly threatened by loss.

Since its formation SPI has been instrumental in preserving the “Chocolate Church”, a fine Gothic Revival structure now housing the Center for the Arts, and has been a major player in the 19th century restoration of the downtown business district. SPI has completed an architectural survey of all buildings built in Bath before 1920. Two federally designated National Register Historic Districts as well as a city historic district exists in Bath due directly to the efforts of SPI.

Since SPI receives little or no public funding and is dependent upon gifts and memberships to accomplish its objectives, please consider supporting our organization by becoming a member.