This exuberant entry portico is located in Bangor, Maine. In the second half of the 19th century, Bangor was known as the lumber capital of the world. Hundreds of saw mills processed the millions of logs transported on the Penobscot River in log drives every spring. Loaded onto ships, the lumber was shipped to help build the rapidly growing towns and cities of the burgeoning nation.
As in other regions with a booming lumber industry in the Victorian period, northern California being one other example, local carpenters and millwork shops produced stunning examples of architectural detail in wood. This portico exhibits some of the skill. Needless to say, such features are character-defining and their preservation should be a high priority for owners of these wonderful houses.
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