Category Archives: Observations

In Focus. Charles A Alexander Part 3. Commercial, Church, & other Works.

Part 3 of an in-depth look at one of Portland’s lesser-known architects.

Portland Sugar House warehouse. 1852

This is the third and final part of our look at Charles A Alexander. Continue reading

In Focus. Charles A Alexander Part 2. Residences and Cottages

Part 2 of an in-depth look at one of Portland’s lesser-known architects.

Safford House. 1857

Continue reading

In Focus. Charles A Alexander Part 1. Biography

Part One of an in-depth look at one of Portland’s lesser-known architects.

Chestnut Street Methodist Church. 1856

Continue reading

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”