Historic Highlight

Charles H. Ingraham House

Charles H. Ingraham House

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Shingle style cottages have long been synonymous with Maine summers. But at least one early adopter of the style recognized the appeal of living year round in a rambling fieldstone-and-shingle retreat by the sea. Providence-based banker Charles Ingraham built his 1897 iteration with a massive stone chimney and artful arrangement of roof peaks in Phippsburg […]

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Clock Farm, Kennebunkport

Clock Farm

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At the intersection of Route 9 and Goose Rocks Road in Kennebunkport, time, quite literally, stands still. The Roman numeraled faces on the clock tower that gave the connected farmhouse here its name have read 6:30 for years — a fitting tribute to the home’s onetime owner, who had a history of imprecise timing. Thomas […]

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Captain Reuben Merrill House

Captain Reuben Merrill House

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In Yarmouth, the Captain Reuben Merrill House — a.k.a. “Reuben’s Folly” — towers over West Main Street. The 1858 Italianate mansion crowned with a widow’s walk and five chimneys was once considered the grandest home in town, but the distinction came at a cost. While working to pay off the debts he incurred building and […]

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A.B. Butler House

A.B. Butler House

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On Walker Street in Portland’s West End, the 1868 A.B. Butler House is a shining example of the Second Empire style that became popular in the city during the Civil War. Its defining mansard roof, tiled in two-tone slate, is juxtaposed with elegant Italianate details, including paired doors, a bracketed cornice, and cupola. Albert Berry […]

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Linwood Cottage

Linwood Cottage

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Seated on a hill overlooking the Penobscot River in Bucksport, Linwood Cottage has a reputation as one of Maine’s most unusual residences. Built in circa 1850 for local jeweler and clockmaker James Emery, the home is a melding of architectural styles, such as Gothic, Greek Revival, and Italianate. Emery’s eclectic taste generated a buzz back […]

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Carpenter Gothic Home

Jonas B. Shurtleff House

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If you travel along Route 201 in Winslow, the Jonas B. Shurtleff House will likely cause you to tap the breaks. Set back on the western side of the road, the brick-red Carpenter Gothic cottage with the gingerbread styling stands out among the area’s ranches and farmhouses. A folk interpretation of the mid-19th century Gothic Revival style, […]

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Lady Pepperrell House

Lady Pepperrell House

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In 1760, anglophile Lady Mary Pepperrell shipped in English craftsmen to build her high-style Georgian home in Kittery Point. Befit with a central pedimented pavilion, fluted Ionic pilasters, and bracketed cornice above the doorway, the home was a monument to Lady Pepperrell’s late husband, William Pepperrell, a successful merchant and the only American to be […]

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Captain Nathaniel Stone House

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Situated on the western shore of the Kennebec River in Farmingdale, the 1872 Captain Nathaniel Stone House was constructed by a retired ship chandler and his son, Uriah, in the fashionable Second Empire style. Hallmarks of the genre are seen in the home’s slate-covered mansard roof, ornate cupola, high basement, and sprinkling of Italianate details, […]

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George F. West House

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The next time you drive north into Portland on Interstate 295, look for the George F. West house looming atop the Western Promenade. With its two-story portico supported by granite columns, yellow-brick façade, and red-tile roof, the 13,674-square-foot Georgian Revival building stands out among the neighborhood’s more modest brick and clapboard homes. Inside, the mansion […]

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Dr. Cyrus Hamlin House

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Dr. Cyrus Hamlin’s 1806 Paris Hill home was originally built as a large farmhouse with an attached barn. Embellishments such as the covered breezeway and full-façade porches came much later. Three years after the house’s construction, Dr. Hamlin and his wife, Anna, welcomed their fifth child, Hannibal, who later became ill. The Hamlin home was […]

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