The five-story building actually has six over ground levels, housing a mezzanine on the first floor.
Because of the massive stone- and brick-arched underground passageways; many believe the basement was connected to Portland's legendary mid-19th century tunnel network.
Adjacent to the building there are not any planted street trees due to the underground passageways below the public sidewalks.
New Market West architectural features are unique from its peers with features such as; cast-iron wall ties, carved street names on the southwest corner, an ornamental corner flagpole support and many more.
David P. Thompson, New Market West's builder and original owner was twice elected as a Mayor of Portland in 1879 and again in 1881.
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