Historic Highlight

Pearl Street Carriage House in Portland, Maine

Pearl Street Carriage House

Historic Highlight

If you squint at this postage stamp of a home on Portland, Maine’s Pearl Street, you can imagine horses clopping along on cobblestones and swinging in through the arched, story-and-a-half door. Constructed in the early 1800s as a carriage house for the neighboring Federal-style residence, the building reportedly served as a retail shop, artist’s studio, and storage facility after the horses moved out. Then a pair of artists sized it up and saw their next home. The owners have made some alterations to the exterior — most notably adding a modern third level with a rooftop deck — but the original historic character of the building is well maintained, making it one of the best (and perhaps smallest) examples of adaptive reuse in the city.

Portland-based writer Julie Senk holds degrees in history and historic preservation and provides property surveys and architectural analyses to homeowners and businesses. To learn more about her work, visit northernvernacular.com.

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One Comment

  1. Connie

    I don’t recall ever seeing this building on Pearl Street. My grandmother lived on Pearl Street for many years in a 3 story long building. It was bought years ago by a church group and renovated. We used to walk from her house to Botto’s thar was a block up.

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