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Quesada to Address Bowdoin Business Breakfast, Sept. 10

Story posted August 28, 1999

The first Bowdoin Business Breakfast of the 1999-2000 academic year will feature T. Ricardo Quesada of the Fore River Company. The title of his talk will be: The Great Bowdoin Mill: Past, Present and Future.

One of the most historic properties in the midcoast region -- the Great Bowdoin Mill -- is about to be brought back to life after years of abandonment. Located in Topsham just across the Androscoggin River from downtown Brunswick, the Great Bowdoin Mill (1868) was recently named one of the eleven most threatened historic sites in the country. In its heyday, the mill was central to the area's paper manufacturing business. After years sitting vacant, the property was purchased last October by the Fore River Company of Portland which is in the process of developing the building and site for adaptive reuse. Progress under the ownership of the Fore River Company has been steady, and in just weeks the first new tenant -- the Sea Dog Brewing Company -- will take occupancy of the first floor.

A native of Washington D.C., Quesada moved to Maine in 1976 after completing a degree in architecture at the University of Virginia. He was licensed in 1978, but quickly found himself turning from architecture to development projects. In 1979, he and his brother, Peter, founded the Fore River Company which has taken on several projects in the region over the past twenty years including the Tontine Mall in Brunswick, many of the Old Port buildings in Portland and the Knox Mill in Camden. The company also has projects running in South Carolina and Florida.

As in the past, seating for the Bowdoin Business Breakfast -- in Daggett Lounge -- is limited to 160, first-come, first-seated. Overflow seating will be available with the speaker appearing on screen. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. and the speaker will begin at 8:00 a.m. The cost for the breakfast is $8 per person. Payment to "Bowdoin College" is required to hold reservations. Remittance should be sent to Lynn Ensign, Donor Relations Office, 85 Federal Street, to arrive no later than Friday, September 3, 1999.
Please note: Parking near Coles Tower is very limited due to construction in the area. We apologize and ask you especially not to park in the SPACES RESERVED FOR ADMISSIONS OFFICE VISITORS or Longfellow School Staff parking.

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