Baptist Church, Sanford, 1888

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Architecture commission for Sanford Baptist Church at 905 Main Street in Sanford, ME, 1888. The commission is associated with Stevens & Cobb Architects. This item is part of the Stevens Architects drawings and records collection.

The Baptist congregation in Sanford enjoyed such rapid growth in the 1880s that before the end of the decade it embarked on the construction of a new church to replace one only six years old. John Calvin Stevens of Portland was chosen as architect, construction got underway in the late summer of 1888 and the building was finished the following April. The total cost was $8,552.24. On the day of the dedication some $1,800 remained to be paid. Twenty-seven members who wanted the building dedicated free of debt donated the final amount.

The front porch, enclosed in the photograph, was originally open. The round circle on the belfry is on the original plans but without any indication as to its purpose. John Calvin Stevens, Maine's most noted architect, is nationally known for his shingle style. This church was built in that style. The shingles have since been covered with artificial siding.

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  • Title: Baptist Church, Sanford, 1888
  • Address: 905 Main Street, Sanford, York County, ME
  • Client: Sanford Baptist Church
  • Creation Date: 1888
  • Subject Date: 1888
  • Primary Architects: Stevens & Cobb Architects
  • Object Type: Text and Image
  • Subtype: architectural drawing
  • Media/Genre: floor plans; elevations; architectural elements; structural elements; cross sections;
  • Materials: ink on linen;
  • Local Code: Coll. 209, 5-A-11
  • Collection: Stevens Architects drawings and records collection
  • Number of items in commission: 11

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