We finished renovating this property after 7 years, including improvements not shown in these photos, such as new back porch. 3 miles from beach. Commercial boom area.

This commercial/residential/multi-use Rt 1 Maine property is now for sale. Please inquire. ebook@housemouse.net, Subject: Maine property.

1860s Home Exterior.

We bought this building September 15, 2000 and the first afternoon we took off the first layer of wallpaper in one room, some of the orange shag carpet from the stairs to the second floor, the green shag carpet in the tower bedroom, and part of the paneling in the front parlor. We are book publishers, and this type of work is exhilarating, but we were tired at the end of the day!

Historic Research:
This is a circa-1865, modest Greek-Revival farmhouse with a circa-1890s Victorian tower. Research showed us that it was built by Martin Deering (1815-1889) of Saco, Maine, a "joiner" or house-builder who lived in the 1830s Cape-Cod next door. At that time, Martin's son, Robert W. Deering (1844-1906), was 21 years old, and newly married to Julia Ann Buzzell (1843-1926). Robert and Julia raised their family in the house, living there from 1865 to 1910. In 1890 - 3 children later - the couple received the title of the house. Probably in a rush of new-ownership excitement, Robert and Julia added the tower, a new front door, a stair newel-post, a stained-glass window in the hall, and replaced all the old windows with new 2-over-2s and one large 12-over-1. We believe they also newly wallpapered the parlor and front hallway.

The 1890s tower is on the west corner. About 3 years ago the previous owners sided the house in vinyl. They preserved the integrity of the structure by keeping most of the wood trim showing - all but the corner posts. Since we feel that vinyl and aluminum siding wreck the beauty of many houses, it is interesting that this is the house we ended up purchasing. Rory would like to restore its original clapboards - time will tell.

Within the first 2 months we touched up the house trim with caulking and paint to protect it for the winter. We also graded some soil near the house, and added & fixed gutters. During the beginning of the second year we had the roof reshingled, except for the tower. It is the second year, and we're still mucking around with the gutters, and working to prevent water from getting near the base of the house.

Southwest side entrance. The back ell appears to have been added within 1910s to 1920s. It contains the kitchen on 1 story, and a 2-story workshop or studio. The previous owner mentioned that 50 years ago the ell was all on 1 floor. They made the back room into two floors, which is wonderful except for the strange window placement. We don't know how to solve this formidable design problem, but we do like having the 2-stories. The back rooms are awaiting renovation.

Northeast side. Again, we would love to find a way to solve the design problem of the awkward windows in the ell ---Any suggestions?
The house is on a corner lot, the front of the house is on Rt 1 and is zoned commercial and residential. It felt like country with plenty of trees and our neighbor was a deserted 1830s gentleman's farmhouse, which was redesigned by John Calvin Stevens in the early 1900s. Within the first year the building changed to a new medical clinic, a street light was installed at the corner, and a sidewalk was established in front of our house. Its more developed than our first year here, but the medical center has lovely landscaping, the exterior of the historic house has been preserved, and the modern addition is unobstrusive from some angles.

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Victorian Houses.
The Victorian Home.
The House: Rural Architecture.
Bicknell & Co.'s Specimen Book.
Cottage Residences.
Other Old House-Plan Books.