Why I do this

From “The Building of a House. A chapter in “Fraternity Papers”. Published by Edward H Elwell in 1888.

“There is a human interest in the biography of an old house . It is the story of generations which “ come like shadows , so depart ; ” of families which burgeoned and blossomed , and filled the old rooms with life and laughter , and grew up to maturity and strength , and spread wide their branches , and struck their roots deep into the soil , and seemed to hold possession forevermore , and then fell away limb by limb , and were shattered by the blasts of adversity , and sank into forgetfulness and sheer oblivion , and were succeeded by others who know them not , who in their turn flourished and decayed , and were alike forgotten”

19 Anderson Street

Built ca: 1882 for Robert McCloskey

A scruffy but vibrant Italianate in the East Bayside neighborhood. Continue reading

Glimpses. 40 Belmont Street

Built ca: 1902 on spec for Lewellyn Morse Leighton. Design by Fred Tompson

A lovely Colonial Revival in the Coyle Park neighborhood.
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Field Trip. 88-90 Sawyer Street, South Portland

Built ca: 1849 by Stephen Hubbard

A charming Greek Revival double-house in the Ferry Village neighborhood Continue reading

Glimpses. 151 Vaughan Street

Built ca: 1902 for Fred Richards as a wedding present to Edward and Gertrude Piper.

An odd Colonial Revival in the West End Historic District Continue reading

Glimpses. 672 Ocean Avenue

Probably built between 1804 and 1814 by Nathan Sawyer. A transitional Georgian/Federal in the Lunt’s Corner neighborhood. Continue reading

Glimpses. 46 West Street

Built in 1876 by Moses C Merrill

A Mansard roofed Italianate in the West End. Continue reading

West End Walks. 77-79 Carleton Street

Built ca: 1855 by Sewall Chase

An odd brick Italianate in the West End. Continue reading

15-17 Deering Street

Built in 1870 for Caroline and Thomas Weston. Simon Libby, builder. Samuel Knight and Nathan Redlon, masons.

A large Italianate double-house in the Deering Street Historic District. Continue reading

44-46 Avon Street

Built on speculation in 1874 by Elbridge G P Smith

A funky Second Empire in the Parkside neighborhood Continue reading

Glimpses. 45 Thomas Street

Built ca: 1866 for Augustin Gamage

A handsome Italianate in the Western Promenade Historic District
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