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Second Dwelling House, Alfred Shaker Village, ca. 1903

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Second Dwelling House, Alfred Shaker Village, ca. 1903

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On August 2, 1901, the 1795 Dwelling House, one of the most perfect examples of Shaker architecture, was destroyed in a fire that began in a defective chimney.

The fire spread to the Meeting House and Ministry's Shop across the road with similarly devastating results.

Out of the ashes was built a new dwelling complete with its Edwardian adornments and fenestration. On June 23, 1913, it, too, burned to the ground. This time the culprit was a teen-aged girl who had recently been taken in by the community.

The Third Dwelling House blended the contrasting architectural styles with its two predecessors. Although extensively remodeled, the Third Dwelling House still stands at Alfred.

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  • Title: Second Dwelling House, Alfred Shaker Village, ca. 1903
  • Creator: Philpot, Fred C.
  • Creation Date: circa 1903
  • Subject Date: circa 1903
  • Town: Alfred
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Slide from a glass-plate negative
  • Local Code: ITE 5
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

United Society of Shakers
707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 926-4597
http://www.shaker.lib.me.us/

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