Before & After ~ Governor Bodwell Mansion

Before & After ~ the Governor Bodwell Mansion, Hallowell, Maine. This fabulous towered Second Empire style house began life as a staid Federal style house. It’s dramatic makeover occurred in 1875, after it was purchased by the owner of the local granite works for his home. He resided in the house when he later served as Governor of the state. After an extended period of neglect (it made the state’s “Most Endangered” list) the house has been restored and is looking great.

Knowing what is possible is often the first critical step toward accomplishing something good. The restoration of this house is an example to others that even seriously neglected houses can be restored.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” is filled with examples of what is possible and information on how to do it. Second Empire is one of 25 styles and types illustrated and described in Chapter 2 with important character-defining features keyed to color photos.

The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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