TLC for the Longfellow House

Photo by John Ewing for the Portland Press Herald

It’s been nearly a decade since the Wadsworth-Longfellow House restoration was completed. Maintaining the house is a ongoing undertaking. This fall, the house had some much-needed work done: the brickwork on the front (Congress Street) side was re-pointed, and all woodwork on that side was repainted.

In the coming weeks, the front columns of the house will be replaced. This is all a good thing: with more than 60 cruise ships visiting Portland, 6,000+ people visited the house between June-October, one of the busiest periods we’ve ever seen.

The portico, bathed in fall morning light and shadow, after the installation of the new colunms and a paint job.

The Portland Press Herald recently featured a photograph of the work. A special thanks to the craftsmen who work with such skill and care: painter Mark Drew of Cape Neddick, carpenter Caleb Hemphill of Falmouth, and masons Richard Irons of Restoration Masons and his son Rick Irons, both of Limerick.

And an extra special thanks to MHS members — this work wouldn’t be possible without you. We think the Wadsworth and Longfellow families would be tickled to see know how much you care, and to see how well the first wholly brick dwelling in Portland has withstood the tests of time.

This story was featured in the 11/7/11 edition of e-Connection.

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