Exterior & Site
The uniquely large, park‑like setting includes a half an acre lot, beautifully landscaped and lushly planted with mature trees, shrubs and perennials. The gardens were once a part of the horticultural program of the College and feature woodland plants from throughout the State of Maine. The landscaping is split into intimate areas including front, side, and rear planted beds as well as a memorial garden with numerous flowering plants and trees, from hosta to hydrangea. Perennial plantings will come back year‑after‑year for enjoyment and low maintenance. Blueberry berms outline a portion of the rear yard planted under stately, century‑old King Pine trees and a hedge of lilacs for springtime flowering and complete privacy in this urban oasis.
One of the largest magnolia trees in Portland blooms magnificently in spring and is the centerpiece of the large brick and stone patio accessed from the living room and kitchen. This private area is perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining and is bordered by beds of planted bulbs, hostas, bee balm, golden glow, and day lilies. A sunny area near the carriage house and barn is fenced and contains raised beds for herbs and vegetables. Adjacent to the garden are additional blueberry bushes and grape vines as well as antique lilacs, and various fruit trees that add additional color and fragrance.
The house is a grand‑scale, classic side‑hall plan Greek Revival, a style that was popular across Maine before the Civil War. The gable‑front roof with its bold cornice, the dentiled return cornice, and the pilasters at the corners define the beauty of the style. The architraves over the windows and the fluted Doric columns at the porch are other trademarks of the Greek Revival. The exterior clapboards and trim were entirely rebuilt and restored in 2016‑2017 and painted in a polychrome paint scheme that highlights the architectural features. The original windows remain in place throughout and have storm windows for added energy efficiency. A porch extends the full width of the front facade, offering a spot to sit, and a glass‑walled vestibule shelters the front door. The side porch, off the kitchen features elaborately scrolled wooden cornice, perhaps a Victorian feature with brackets and turned posts which leads to a brick courtyard surrounding the stunning magnolia.
The Carriage House & Barn
A driveway on Waverly Street leads to the historic carriage house and barn, which in its new location, now serves as a spacious garage with room for two large vehicles and added space for a workbench, lawn mowers and tools. The floor is concrete and the oversized newly installed garage door is automated. The upper level is a large loft with tons of space for storage. The hayloft door, a second access point, was recently replaced.
The current owners brought the home back to its former glory with renovations and updates over the past 18 years. They have hosted important city events such as the Secret Gardens of Portland Tour 2005 benefiting various community charities. For several summer months in 2006 and 2007, arias and piano practice could be heard from the home when the owners hosted visiting artists and staff of the Portland Opera House. In 2015, the home was chosen as the site for the Greater Portland Landmarks Historic House Gala when hundreds of supporters gathered to tour the home and gardens, benefiting Landmark education programs.