Capt. John Deering house, 1884-1919

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Architecture commission for John W. Deering at 89 West Street in Portland, ME, 1884–1919. The commission is associated with John Calvin Stevens. This item is part of the Stevens Architects drawings and records collection.

Other addresses include Vaughan Street in Portland, ME, and Kennebunkport, ME.

John W. Deering was born in Saco in 1833, moving to Portland in 1867. As a young man, Deering was a sailor, eventually becoming a captain in the Mediterranean trade. After moving to Portland, he became involved in politics, serving in city government. He was elected mayor of Portland twice, once in 1883 and again in 1885. Deering was a strict enforcer of the law.

After his second term as mayor, Deering was appointed Collector of Port by President Cleveland. He died in 1904.

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  • Title: Capt. John Deering house, 1884-1919
  • Address: 89 West Street, Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Other Addresses:
    • Vaughan Street, Portland, Cumberland County, ME
    • Kennebunkport, York County, ME
  • Clients: John W. Deering; Dr. Elwell
  • Creation Date: 1884–1919
  • Subject Date: 1884–1919
  • Primary Architects: John Calvin Stevens
  • Contributing Architects: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
  • Object Type: Text and Image
  • Subtype: architectural drawing
  • Media/Genre: floor plans; presentation drawings; elevations; architectural elements; foundation plans; site plans; additions; alterations;
  • Materials: graphite on tracing paper; ink on paper; ink on linen;
  • Local Code: Coll. 209, 5-C-10
  • Collection: Stevens Architects drawings and records collection
  • Number of items in commission: 48

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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