1346 Westbrook Street. The Captain Jesse Partridge House

A Post Colonial survivor in Portland’s oldest neighborhood.

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Off the peninsula of Portland, bordered by the Portland Jetport and the Fore and Stroudwater rivers is ‘Old Stroudwater Village’. The village is home to a collection of houses, some predating the revolution, that are unrivalled both in age and states of preservation.
Captain Jesse Partridge was an active member of the village of Stroudwater and town of Falmouth. Records show him owning vessels involved in shipping, operating a store in the village, investing in land and being involved in the mast trade that was based in the village prior to the 1770’s.

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Captain Partridge built his home next to the burial ground in 1786, 3 years after the Treaty of Paris ended the revolutionary war. Stylistically, it’s from an earlier era. With some Georgian details, it’s shape and massing are even more medieval and very historical for their time.

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The 9 over 6 windows, probably with a fixed upper sash, are rather high style but the small openings are symmetrically placed and speak to the timber frame underneath the siding. The siding is ‘skive’ jointed and laid on a tight exposure as seen in the carriage house at 11O Pleasant Street. Both signs of older crafts. It is worthy of note that the siding on the entry vestibule is not consistent with that of the main house. It may be a replacement or the vestibule itself is not original to the house.
Overall, the home seems to be in good shape. With a nice sized lot on the Stroudwater river and pleasant out buildings, I think the home shows Captain Partridge’s vision and choice of lots is still a fine one.
The 1924 Portland property tax rolls online at the Maine Memory Net are missing much of the Stroudwater neighborhood.  As such, there are no historical photos to report.

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1769 contract for Jesse Partridge et al to provide masts and other ship parts for the royal navy. Document property of the Maine Historical Society.

Zillow has some interior and exterior images.

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