Public libraries are among the state's most prominent and architecturally distinguished historical resources. This book explores the origin and development of the public library and the architecture that houses it. An illustrated catalogue of more than a hundred libraries is included.
"Big house, little house, back house, barn" - this rhythmic phrase was sung by nineteenth-century children as they played. It also portrays the four essential components of the farm buildings where many of them lived. The stately and beautiful connected farm buildings created by nineteenth-century New Englanders stand today as living expressions of a rural culture, offering insights into the people who made them and their agricultural way of life.
Reprinted for its 20th anniversary, this book has become one of the standard works on regional farmsteads in America. 2004 paperback, 226 pages.
Published in 2010, this book focuses on the architectural and social of Portland's off-peninsula area, including Deering and Stroudwater, from the 17 century through the mid 20th century. The authors conducted original research on the neighborhoods and buildings and uncovered numerous primary source documents and photographs that had never before been systematically studied or made readily accessible to the public. Indexed with a bibliography. Black & white photos throughout. Hardcover. 215 pgs.
This book, which is based upon research conducted by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, features the work of one of the most innovative American architects of the late nineteenth century.
Detailed, accurate illustrations of 43 homes representing a wide range of styles and periods. Includes the Wadsworth-Longfellow house as well as the Mark Twain House, House of the Seven Gables, Emily Dickinson House, Nathan Hale Homestead, Winslow Homer Cottage, Robert Frost Place, The Breakers, many more. Informative captions describe each dwelling. Educational and entertaining resource.48 Pgs Paperback
Turn the pages for a little bit of history or just browse through the pictures of houses made by the cunning of men's hands many years ago. For a pleasant retrospective or as a charming centerpiece for visitors, "The Pioneer Homes of Caribou" is a welcome celebration of the early sturdy families of this Aroostook County community.
The builder of the Observatory was Captain Lemuel Moody - he was also one of the founders of the Portland Marine Society in 1796. Captain Moody manned the Observatory from 1807-1846, and was active the in the Marine Society until his death in 1846. This book is a history of the Observatory and the man who built it. Paperback with black & white photos and documents throughout. 96 pgs.
Published by the Islesboro Historical Society on its 25th anniversary, this book provides the first in-depth look at the island's golden era of summer cottages. Produced in a handsome format, the publication contains an introduction and essays which give detailed information about architects and builders, construction dates, and the careers of its first owners. Illustrations include old photographs, architectural drawings, and recent views, many of which have never before been reproduced. Paperback, 124 pages.
Portland, Maine is a small town with a very rich past. During its nearly 400 years of recorded history, the city has seen war, massacres, pestilence, a devastating bombardment, economic hard times, riots, urban renewal, and several destructive fires. Every corner, every building, and every street has borne witness to some part of the Portland story. Rarely are there outward signs to denote some long forgotten event or human drama. This book makes the connection between today's urban landscape and the history behind it. Black & white photography throughout. Insert map included to help you on your way! Paperback. 211 pgs.
Every day, millions of people enter old buildings, pass monuments, and gaze at landscapes unaware that these acts are possible only thanks to the preservation movement. October 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the United States National Historic Preservation Act and historian Max Page offers a thoughtful assessment of the movementís past and charts a path toward a more progressive future. Page argues that if preservation is to play a central role in building more-just communities, it must transform itself to stand against gentrification, work more closely with the environmental sustainability movement, and challenge societies to confront their pasts. Touching on the history of the preservation movement in the United States and ranging the world, Page searches for inspiration on how to rejuvenate historic preservation for the next fifty years. This illuminating work will be widely read by urban planners, historians, and anyone with a stake in the past. Hardcover. 207 pgs.