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JB Brown’s immense wealth amassed from his businesses, including the Portland Sugar Company, allowed him to contribute to the architectural history of Portland.
The Portland Sugar House, owned and operated by J.B. Brown & Company (later JB Brown & Sons), refined sugar made from molasses produced in the Caribbean using slave labor. Maine shipping, business, and the timber industry benefited from this trade.
Brown's building commissions included "Bramhall," his palatial home on the Western Promenade built in 1860, the JB Brown Block, and the Falmouth Hotel, all designed by Brown's favorite architect, Charles A. Alexander of New York.
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