When the term ‘architects of Portland Maine’ comes up, a couple of names normally spring to mind. John Calvin Stevens is the most obvious and perhaps Francis Fassett. Beyond that, only the cognoscenti would be able to suggest any others. Which is a shame as the pool of talent was deep. Hopefully, in the coming months, I can do a little to rectify that.
Harding was an architect. In 1873 he was listed as working from his home on Deering Street but I have also found biographical information placing him in Boston in the same year.
In my post about the converted garage at 99 Chadwick Street, I noted it was originally built for Aurelius Hinds. In doing a bit of research on Mr Hinds at that time, I realized his story was worth telling as it traces a period of growth in the city of Portland both physically and economically. His presence is felt through the buildings he left behind. One in a fashionable, then and now, section of town and the other a landmark on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares. Here is a bit more of his story. Continue reading
Sometimes it’s those little unexpected things that make me stop and think. It could be a sign or a bit of trim or a window. In this case, the old architectural history saying “keep looking up” reveals a small detail that I have long missed. Continue reading