Before and After ~ George Stetson House

Before and After ~ George Stetson House in Bangor, Maine.

Based on a design published as Plate 23 in Edward Shaw’s “Rural Architecture,” Boston, 1843, Bangor architect Benjamin Deane likely drew the plans for this impressive Greek Revival style house, built in 1847- 1848. The octagonal cupola, dormers, and rounded bay window are later 19th-century alterations.

I’ve been concerned about this house in recent years as its neglected condition became increasingly apparent. I was thrilled to see it getting the attention it needed last year. I took the “after” photo when I was in Bangor this week.

Greek Revival is often called America’s first National style, with examples built across the settled areas of the country between the 1820s and 1860s. It appears on small cottages, capes, grand columned mansions, southwestern adobe houses, and urban rowhouses. As “the lumber capital of the world” during the style’s period of popularity, Bangor has some wonderful Greek Revival houses.

Greek Revival is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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