Babb House - 9 Key

Babb House
Babb House
Babb House
Babb House
Babb House
Babb House
Babb House, c.1895
Babb House, c.1895
Babb House, c.1885
Babb House, c.1885
Babb House, 2012. Photograph by Thaddeus Holownia. PHOTO#: Key-9_Eastport Maine032(72).jpg
Babb House, 2012. Photograph by Thaddeus Holownia. PHOTO#: Key-9_Eastport Maine032(72).jpg
Built:1869
Address:
9 Key Street
Eastport, Maine

Architectural Styles

  • Gothic Revival
SCA, p.31:

BABB HOUSE. Doctor Luther M. Babb and his wife Dr. Eliza Babb had this granite block house built in 1869. The date and owners initials are inscribed in the stone at the gable end of the building. The granite was transported to Eastport by barge, and probably came from Red Beach. The steeply pointed gables with decorative woodwork, elongated rounded headed windows with arched lintels and height of the structure are characteristics of the Gothic Revival period of architecture. The Babb House is on the comer of Key and Middle Streets. AFN

EWT, 2010:

50) The Babb House 9 Key Street, Gothic Revival, 1869. The Babb house is made of granite blocks. It was built for Dr. Luther and Eliza Babb. This house has characteristics of the Gothic Revival period with its elongated round-headed windows, steeply pointed gables with decorative woodwork and being high and narrow. Local lore has it that Dr. Babb loved the house so much that after his death in 1895 he requested to be buried under the front steps.

• From Eastport Sentinel, January 16, 1895, p.2,c.6:

“Obituary.

DR. LUTHER P. BABB.

Dr. Luther P. Babb died at his resadence in this city Monday morning, the 14th instant. He was borf in Sebago, Me., Nov. 3d, 1823. He came here thirty or more years ago from the west where he had practiced his profession, and at once took high rank as physician and surgeon, which position `e held during all the time he has been here. He had a large practice until failing health compelled him to relinquish much of i|. At his request Dr. E.H. Bennett of Lubec, who attended him during his illness, and Dr. W.F. Cleveland of this city, made a po{t mortem examination and have certified that the casue of death was pulmonary tuberculosis and chronic hepatitis. Dr. Babb was a careful student, watching for and holding himself ready to adoxt anything new in the practice of his profession which commended itself to his judgement. He was eminently a self reliant man in his profession and out of it.”

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