George Washburn House

George Washburn House
George Washburn House
George Washburn House
George Washburn House
George Washburn House
George Washburn House
4. "Gingerbread Houses" with George Washburn House (far right)
5. "Gingerbread Houses" with George Washburn House (right)
318 Main Street
Calais, Maine

National Register

Architectural Styles

  • Gothic Revival
SCA, p.10:

This Carpenter Gothic House at 318 Main Street was built in 1855 by George Washburn. It also had decorative bargeboards and gingerbread ornamentation of the window lintels. The doorway has a semi-elliptical fan, sidelights, and is flanked by pilasters. The balcony on the centerfront of the second story has an ornamental balustrade, decorative woodwork, and a finial its gable peak:. The barn behind the house was removed in 1938, and a porch was added in 1947. The porch was enclosed as a den in 1962. A gable roof, punctuated by two brick chimneys~ connecting the interior, crowns this 1 112 story wooden frame residence with
six-over-two windows. The second story center bay projects over the center door entrance, while min dormers flank. AFN,FAB,JCB.

From National Register of Historic Places Continuation Sheet
Section number 7 Pages 6-7

9. George Washburn House, 1855 - C 318 Main street

N. R. 2/11/82

This one-and-a-half-story house is of frame construction, with gable roofj two internal brick chimneys, clapboard siding, and granite foundation. The facade, which faces southwest, is three bays wide with a central entrance. This entrance, dating from the turn of the century, is of Colonial Revival form, with a single panelled door flanked by sidelights and surmounted by a fan. The bays to each side of the doorway each consist of paired two-over-two windows with elaborately carved proj ecting lintels. Fenestration throughout the rest of the house is paired one-over-ones with the same distinctive lintels as on the facade. At the half-story level of the facade are a pair of gabled dormers with elaborate barge-boards and finials. Between these, forming the central bay is a gabled proj ection containing a doorway which provides access to a small balustraded balcony at the second-floor level. This projection carries ornate detail equivalent to them on the flanking dormer. A one-story porch, added at the rear in 1947, was enclosed as a den in 1962.

George Washburn, like his neighbor Alexander Gilmore (10) was evidently a successful local businessman and it appears likely that he, together with his brother Charles who built the third house, joined with Gilmore in the purchase of this choice piece of property on what was then the outskirts of Calais high on the bank overlooking the st. Croix and Canada on the other shore.

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