Richardsonian Romanesque Butler House

A Richardsonian Romanesque house in Portland, Maine. The Harry Butler House was designed by architect John Calvin Stevens and built in 1891. The most character-defining Richardsonian feature, a broad arched entryway, is hidden in the shadows of the deep porch. Round towers are another characteristic feature of the style. The red clay tile roof is a replacement for the original wood shingle roof, which was stained a moss green.

The classic Romanesque broad arched entryway of the house.

Homes in the style tend to be large and built of brick or stone, often with carved ornament. Broad arches are a characteristic feature of the style. It is one of 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book filled with information to help historic house lovers restore their homes. It is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from me in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

The Butler House is also included in “Homes Down East, Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses,” which I co-wrote with Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. and architect Christopher Glass, published by Tilbury House Publishing in 2014. The book is also available in our shop.

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