Carved mantel detail in the Ebenezer Alden House, Union, Maine.
This Federal style house was built for himself by carpenter and wood carver Ebenezer Alden in 1797, shortly after he completed the carved ornamentation for General Henry Knox’s mansion Montpelier in nearby Thomaston. It remained in the Alden family until the 1970s, through Victorian-era alterations and 20th-century neglect. In the mid-1970s, it was purchased by antique collectors Joe and Hazel Marcus and restored by them.
This photo by David Clough shows the finely carved detail Alden created on the mantel in his south parlor. His tools remain in the house today.
The Alden House is one of 13 featured houses presented between the how-to chapters of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” The houses date from c. 1760 to 1957 and range geographically from Maine to Santa Fe, NM. They were all photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough for the book.
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