David A. Calhoun house, Cape Elizabeth, 1904

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Architecture commission for David A. Calhoun at an unknown address in Cape Elizabeth, ME, 1904. The commission is associated with John Calvin Stevens. This item is part of the Stevens Architects drawings and records collection.

This home was to be built in Mountain View Park in Cape Elizabeth. Local resident George Washington Brown founded the Suburban Realty Company to develop and market this neighborhood development along the Portland and Cape Elizabeth Railway electric trolley route, which offered convenient access to downtown Portland about five miles away. In 1900 Brown hired civil engineer and surveyor Charles Fenn to lay out the property. Fenn created fifty lots on roads that either curved to echo existing topography or were laid out perpendicular to the shoreline, taking advantage of views to Casco Bay from the uphill streets. Street nomenclature adopted scenic names such as Ocean View, Island View, Forest, Summit, and High Ridge. Brown marketed the development’s scenic views by boasting that one could see the White Mountains from its highest elevation. He built an observation tower 165 feet above sea level for a view of the mountains and bay, but it was removed after the Coast Guard declared its electric beacon a navigational menace.
Source: https://www.tclf.org/landscapes/mountain-view-park

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  • Title: David A. Calhoun house, Cape Elizabeth, 1904
  • Address: unknown, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, ME
  • Client: David A. Calhoun
  • Creation Date: 1904
  • Subject Date: 1904
  • Primary Architects: John Calvin Stevens
  • Object Type: Text and Image
  • Subtype: architectural drawing
  • Media/Genre: floor plans; presentation drawings; elevations;
  • Materials: graphite on linen; ink on linen;
  • Local Code: Coll. 209, 3-B-4-02
  • Collection: Stevens Architects drawings and records collection
  • Number of items in commission: 4

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