317 Main Community Music Center will take an important step forward this week when we begin the process of dismantling our old carriage house and we ask you to join us in writing 317 Main’s next chapter.
As you know, 317 Main is housed in a historic building dating back to 1855. We own and love this former ship captain’s home in Yarmouth village and the good news is that the house itself is structurally sound. We have recently taken critical steps to preserve it, including replacing the old leaky roof, painting the interior, adding insulation, and installing heat pumps to improve our energy efficiency.
Unfortunately the same TLC cannot restore the attached carriage house, which we commonly refer to as the barn. We
Barn & Garage next to house will be dismantled in May

have sought counsel from experts including a master barn builder and Maine Preservation and the prognosis is the same. We are told the barn has serious structural failings and, left standing, presents a safety hazard.

Damage to Barn

And so the time has come. Starting the week of May 1st, Jack Vallieres, owner of Jack’s Property Service, will bring in his crew to dismantle the barn and garage, grade the remaining ground, and seed the footprint with grass. Jack says the job should take a maximum of 3 weeks.

Both 317 Main and Spün Bakery will remain open throughout the dismantling, but parking may be interrupted for short periods when heavy equipment is on site. During these times, we encourage you to use the church parking lot across the street and/or the Masonic Lodge lot behind 317 Main.
Once the barn is gone, we are faced with a blank slate and a unique opportunity. You have probably heard us say, and perhaps seen for yourselves, that we are in need of more space. We are now preparing for a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to make way for future growth.
In the coming months, we’ll solicit input from our community to learn more about your interests.
  • What could be improved or different?
  • What do you wish we provided?
  • How can we plan for growth while maintaining what makes 317 Main unique?
Kyo Bannai, our Director of Community Relations, and Gail Cinelli, a 317 Main board member, will be hosting a series of Community Conversations to hear what you have to say. Stay tuned for upcoming dates or reach out to Kyo directly ([email protected]) to schedule a conversation. And I invite you to have coffee with me to share ideas the first Wednesday of every month  from 8:30-9:30 am  in our cafe. Please join me for coffee this Wednesday, May 3rd, at 8:30.
As always, I am grateful for the music, energy and enthusiasm you bring to 317 Main. Please know that we take our stewardship of this historic home seriously and we are excited about working together to write our next chapter.
John Williams
Executive Director