The Blaine House

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James G. Blaine House
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The Blaine House is located in Maine
The Blaine House
Location Capitol and State Sts., Augusta, Maine
Coordinates 44°18′28.38″N 69°46′53.04″W / 44.3078833°N 69.7814000°W / 44.3078833; -69.7814000Coordinates: 44°18′28.38″N 69°46′53.04″W / 44.3078833°N 69.7814000°W / 44.3078833; -69.7814000
Built 1833
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 66000024
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL January 29, 1964[2]

The Blaine House, also known as James G. Blaine House, is the official residence of the Governor of Maine (U.S. state) and his or her family. The Executive Mansion was officially declared the residence of the Governor in 1919 with the name "The Blaine House." It is located in Augusta, Maine, across the street from the Maine State House.

The Blaine House was donated to the State of Maine for a Governor's residence by Harriet Blaine Beale in 1919. The house dates back to 1833 and was built by James Hall, a retired ship's captain. James G. Blaine, then the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, purchased it in 1862 as a present for his wife, the former Harriet Stanwood, daughter of a prominent Augusta family. During World War I it was used by Maine's Committee for Public Safety. It was presented to the State by Blaine's youngest daughter, Mrs. Harriet Blaine Beale, and established by the Legislature of 1919 as the official residence of the Governor of Maine. It was remodeled prior to the first governor taking residence in 1921.[3] Carl E. Miliken was the first governor to occupy the home.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.[2][5]

In June of 2014, a system of high efficiency heat pumps was installed in The Blaine House in an effort to reduce the heating bill, after a test of one over the winter in the Governor's sleeping quarters. With heating oil, The Blaine House used 5,074 gallons of oil at a cost of $16,775 in 2013. The oil boiler is also going to be converted to natural gas in a further effort to reduce costs, though that system will only be needed on the coldest days. The total cost of the upgrades is expected to be $115,000. [6]

The current residents are Governor Paul LePage and his family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "James G. Blaine House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  3. ^ Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums (1970). Doris A. Isaacson, ed. Maine: A Guide 'Down East'. Rockland, Me: Courier-Gazette, Inc. p. 154. 
  4. ^ History of the Blaine House
  5. ^ Polly M. Rettig and S. Sydney Bradford (19 Aug 1963) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: James G. Blaine House / Blaine House; Governor's Mansion, National Park Service and Accompanying 4 photos, exterior and interior, from 1975 and undated
  6. ^ "Blaine House kept cozy with high-efficiency system". Kennebec Journal. Maine Today Media. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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