Winslow Homer Studio

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Winslow Homer Studio
ScarboroughME WinslowHomerStudio.jpg
Winslow Homer Studio is located in Maine
Winslow Homer Studio
Location Winslow Homer Road, Scarborough, Maine
Coordinates 43°31′42″N 70°19′13″W / 43.52833°N 70.32028°W / 43.52833; -70.32028Coordinates: 43°31′42″N 70°19′13″W / 43.52833°N 70.32028°W / 43.52833; -70.32028
Built 1884
Architect John Calvin Stevens
Architectural style Shingle Style
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000092
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]

The Winslow Homer Studio is the historic studio and home of the artist Winslow Homer, which is located on what is now Winslow Homer Road on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine. Maine architect John Calvin Stevens altered and expanded an existing carriage house to suit Homer's needs in 1884, even moving the building 100 feet for added privacy from his brother's neighboring summer home.[3] The most dramatic element is a balcony the width of the building, from which the artist often painted in winter. The building is 44 by 53 feet (13 m × 16 m) and two stories high, for a total of 2,200 square feet (200 m2).[4] Homer lived and painted in the studio from 1884 until his death there in 1910.[5]

The studio was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][6]

This painting by Homer depicts West Point, Prout's Neck, not far from his studio.

The Portland Museum of Art acquired the building and surrounding grounds on January 31, 2006, closing both to the public during restoration projects.[7] It was opened to the public in 2012, but may only be visited on a guided tour.[4] The Portland Museum of Art undertook significant restoration of the building. Changes and additions made by members of the Homer family in 1938-39 were undone in order to preserve the studio as Winslow Homer left it in 1910.[8] Some updates were also made to the property to enable it to function as a museum exhibit. The additions included plumbing and a restroom for visitors, electricity, security, and hidden steel reinforcements for the balcony (or piazza). [8]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Winslow Homer Studio". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  3. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (7 September 2012). "In Maine, Walking Where Waves Moved Winslow Homer’s Brush". New York Times. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "The Winslow Homer Studio and Exhibition Fact Sheet". Portland Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Winslow Homer Chronology". Portland Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Polly M. Rettig (1977) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Winslow Homer Studio, National Park Service and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1965 and 1975
  7. ^ Portland Museum of Art's Winslow Homer House web page
  8. ^ a b O’Gorman, James F. "A Brief History of the Winslow Homer Studio". Portland Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

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