House at 87 Main Street, Lubec, ca. 1915

Contributed by Lubec Historical Society

Description

This part Victorian part Arts & Crafts style home, apparently built in the earliest years of the 20th century, was initially home to Charles C. Winton and his family, wife Mabel nee Tarring, and their children Charles C., Jr., J. Elizabeth “Betty,” Henry W., and James H. Winton. Located across Main Street opposite Flatiron Corner, the house was owned by the American Can Company and used by ranking employees on the rise. Winton was a supervisor at the plant.

According to Betty Winton’s grandaughter Debi Ham, the five-bedroom house had bathrooms on both floors, unusual in 1910. The second story included a stairway to maid’s quarters. A floor button in the dining room called for service. There were separate rooms in the basement, one of which stored fruits and vegetables prior to canning. Ms. Ham recalls her grandmother describing great beds of colorful nasturtiums on both sides of the house.

The family occupied the house until about 1920 when Charles Winton became manager of the American Can Plant in Portland. In the 1950s Robert Kinney, then manager of the Lubec American Can Company, occupied the house. Much later, Jim Bezanson and his first wife owned the house from about 1983 until sold in the early 21st century when it was bought by Larry Loomis and artist Jane Dore.

Note the foundation, fabricated with concrete blocks cast to resemble stone, stylish in that era and manufactured locally by “Red” Morrison. This photograph, apparently made professionally, was carefully planned. Note the window shades drawn to matching levels. The rustic pergola no longer exists, nor its weathervane of unusual height.

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About This Item

  • Title: House at 87 Main Street, Lubec, ca. 1915
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Town: Lubec
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photograph on mat
  • Dimensions: 12.0 cm x 16.8 cm
  • Local Code: 537 jpg
  • Collection: Debi Ham
  • Object Type: Image

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Lubec Historical Society
135 Main Street, Lubec, ME 04652

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