House for Jessie Wright, Cape Elizabeth, 1913-1924

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Architecture commission for Jessie Wright at Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, ME, 1913–1924. The commission is associated with John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects. This item is part of the Stevens Architects drawings and records collection.

Jessie Dillenback was born in Orleans New York, on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario, in 1859. In 1879 she married Augustus Ryker Wright of Seneca New York. Augustus was 36 years old and a successful canal and railroad builder who had ventured into buying, selling, and transporting coal. In the 1880s the Wrights moved to Portland and purchased a house, since destroyed, on Carleton Street in 1887.
In 1914 Jessie Wright purchased 30 acres of land bordering the Alewife Brook on the north shore of Cape Elizabeth. She hired Portland’s most esteemed architect, John Calvin Stevens to design a ‘cottage’ for Jessie and her family. It is still there and still in the family as is most of the estate to this day

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