John Calvin Stevens House

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John Calvin Stevens House
John Calvin Stevens House.jpg
Front of the John Calvin Stevens House in Portland, Maine.
John Calvin Stevens House is located in Maine
John Calvin Stevens House
John Calvin Stevens House is located in the US
John Calvin Stevens House
Location 52 Bowdoin Street, Portland, Maine
Coordinates 43°38′48″N 70°16′30″W / 43.64667°N 70.27500°W / 43.64667; -70.27500Coordinates: 43°38′48″N 70°16′30″W / 43.64667°N 70.27500°W / 43.64667; -70.27500
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1884
Architect John Calvin Stevens
Architectural style Shingle Style
Part of Western Promenade Historic District (#84001363)
NRHP Reference # 73000125[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 16, 1973
Designated CP February 16, 1984

The John Calvin Stevens House is an historic house at 52 Bowdoin Street in the West End neighborhood of Portland, Maine. Built in 1884, it was the home of architect John Calvin Stevens, and was one of Portland's earliest examples of Shingle style architecture. The house was prominently used by Stevens in promotion of the style, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Stevens House is set on the south side of Bowdoin Street, abutting Portland's Western Cemetery to the south, and a short way east of the Western Promenade. The house is 2-1/2 stories, with a rusticated brick first floor topped by a large gambrel roof, which shelters a full second story and an attic level. The gable ends are finished in wooden shingles. The north-facing main facade originally had the main entrance, sheltered by a slightly projecting porch at the left corner, but this has been enclosed, and the main entrance is now on the west side. The windows at the attic level of the north side are square fixed-pane units, with a decorative panel between. The east and west facades each have a large wall-plane dormer, with smaller gabled dormers projecting from the upper slope of the roof. The current entrance is sheltered by a rectangular porch, and opens into what was originally the dining room. Although some of its spaces have been repurposed and altered over time, the house retains many original finishes.[2]

John Calvin Stevens house, Portland, ME (1883-84). Illustration from Examples of American Domestic Architecture (1889).
Plans and interior details.

The house was built in 1884 to a design by John Calvin Stevens, and was his home until 1919. Stevens and his architectural partner at the time, Albert Winslow Cobb, included illustrations of the house in their Shingle Style survey, Examples of American Domestic Architecture, first published in 1886. It received international notice after its construction, with reviews by American Institute of Architects and The British Architect.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for John Calvin Stevens House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-03-17.