Glimpses. 164 Danforth Street

Another example of the neighborhood’s outstanding collection of brick Federal style housing.20160916_170228.png

With a low hipped roof on a symmetrical 3 bay by 3 floor form, it’s classic late period Federal. The Portland Historic Resources Inventory puts the date of construction as 1827. Built for one Zebulon Babson.


The entry is pretty much what one would expect for the period. A very simple paneled door flanked by lights with a fan above. Attached columns carry the outside arch of the fan. They stand on paneled plinths that are attached as well. The front columns are freestanding and are odd to say the least. The capitals look the same as the attached columns as does the entasis. At the midpoint they get a bit wonky. It would seem that the original columns suffered some sort of failure requiring their lower sections to be removed. Whoever performed the repairs substituted a set of what appear to be porch columns to fill the gap. The 1924 tax photo does seem to show longer columns setting on plinths connected to a fence of some type. Also visible in the 1924 photo is a finely scaled balustrade above the entrance. This as well as the fence are long gone.



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