Edward Little House

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Edward Little House
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Edward Little House
Edward Little House is located in Maine
Edward Little House
Edward Little House is located in the US
Edward Little House
Location 217 Main St., Auburn, Maine
Coordinates 44°5′38″N 70°13′35″W / 44.09389°N 70.22639°W / 44.09389; -70.22639Coordinates: 44°5′38″N 70°13′35″W / 44.09389°N 70.22639°W / 44.09389; -70.22639
Built 1827 (1827)
Architectural style Federal
Part of Main Street Historic District (#89000255)
NRHP Reference # 76000086[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 12, 1976
Designated CP April 21, 1989

The Edward Little House is an historic house at 217 Main Street in Auburn, Maine. Built in 1827, the Federal style house is one of the oldest on the south side of Auburn, and is most notable as the home of Edward Little, a major landowner and proponent of the development of Auburn. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Edward Little House stands on the west side of Main Street, south of Auburn's downtown area, at the corner of Vine Street. It is a 2 12-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with a center entry flanked by sidelight windows and topped by a fanlight. A two-story ell extends from the southern part of the rear. The interior is well preserved, its Federal period details including a handsome curving central staircase. The interior has a typical center hall layout, with a double parlor on the right and a large dining room on the left. The sections of the parlor are separated by an elaborately carved archway.[2]

The house was built in 1827 by Edward Little, a native of Newbury, Massachusetts who moved here in 1826 and spent the rest of his life here. He was the beneficiary of a large land inheritance, which originally include significant holdings in Auburn, Lewiston, and surrounding communities.[2] Little was well known for the many gifts he made to the growing community, supporting both religious and civic institutions.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomnination for Edward Little House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  3. ^ National Register nomination for Main Street Historic District; available by request from the National Park Service