Architecture & Design

Forward to the Past

Home Feature

A Perry couple is putting antique houses back together — starting with their own. Photographs by Joyce Jackson and Michael D. Wilson hile many people are tearing down walls in their antique homes in pursuit of trendy open floor plans, Joyce Jackson and Patrick Mealey are putting them back up. The husband–wife team specializes in […]

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York Hall

Historic Highlight

When Bath’s York Hall was constructed in 1897, the architectural aesthetic in America was shifting away from ostentatious Victorian designs and back toward traditionalism. The Boston firm of Peabody & Stearns’ support for this stylistic renaissance is reflected in the Georgian Revival home its architects designed for prominent shipbuilder William Sewall and his wife, Rachel. […]

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The Age of Opulence

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Peek inside the gilded, paneled, elaborately painted Victoria Mansion in Portland, where one early-twentieth-century family had a whole lot of fun. In the 1920s, Alice Willman slid down the carved walnut railings of the staircase in Portland’s palatial Victoria Mansion with her siblings and cousins. Known as a “flying” staircase because it has no visible […]

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See Why This Architect’s Office Has a Built-In Safety Net

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Every day Kevin Browne wakes up, gets ready, and travels to work. His commute takes him on a scenic 10-second walk through the door to his backyard, where he then readies himself for the day ahead. Since relocating his one-man office to a studio he designed in his backyard, the only traffic tangle Browne encounters […]

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Talbot Cottage

Historic Highlight

This circa 1890 emerald gem was erected in Kennebunkport as part of the 700-acre Cape Arundel Summer Colony — an enclave for wealthy urbanites who sought solitude and pastoral beauty in the picturesque coastal town. When constructing their unlikely-named “summer cottages,” many residents opted for shingle style designs that complemented the rugged landscape through their […]

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How to Separate Space in an Open Floor Plan

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The open floor plan — championed by early modernists Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, among others — is as relevant today in home design as it was in the early 20th century. But modern life still requires, at varying times, functional, aesthetic, visual, and auditory isolation. The following examples explore the […]

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Tate House

Historic Highlight

One of the oldest wood-frame buildings in Portland, the 1755 Tate House is a stunning example of pre-Revolutionary Georgian architecture. Perched on a knoll overlooking the Fore River (and, formerly, a bustling mast yard) in Stroudwater Village, the home was built for Captain George Tate, who worked for the British Royal Navy overseeing the cutting […]

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Historic Home in Massachusetts is Dismantled and Reconstructed in Maine

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It’s not every day that one comes across a Colonial-era Massachusetts home that’s been dismantled and packed in the cargo hold of an 18-wheeler. Running on blind faith, a couple of brave homeowners bought the salvaged wood house sight unseen and headed north to Maine. Outdoor Lights to Give Your Home a Warm and Welcoming […]

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Cabin Fever

How an unassuming Maine homebuilder became a reality TV star.

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Garden Party

Garden Feature

Green-thumbed friends gather among vegetable beds for a laid-back meal in a Phippsburg potting shed.

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