Home for aged women, Portland, 1900-1926

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Architecture commission for an unknown client at 64 Emery Street in Portland, ME, 1900–1926. 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.

The Home for Aged Women was founded in Portland, Maine in 1856. It was originally called the Association for the Relief of Aged, Indigent Women. It exists today as Seventy-Five State Street. The first residence opened on Elm Street at the corner of Oxford Street. In 1870 Governor Joshua Chamberlain signed an act to officially designate the not for profit organization as The Home for Aged Women. Two years later the home was moved to an expansive building on Emery Street, which is still extant and part of Waynflete School. In 1975 the present site was acquired and by 1984 the first male residents arrived after another expansion.

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  • Title: Home for aged women, Portland, 1900-1926
  • Address: 64 Emery Street, Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Creation Date: 1900–1926
  • Subject Date: 1900–1926
  • Primary Architects: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
  • Object Type: Text and Image
  • Subtype: architectural drawing; landscape drawing
  • Media/Genre: floor plans; elevations; architectural elements; planting plans; site plans; additions;
  • Materials: graphite on tracing paper; blueprints; ink on linen; hand coloring;
  • Local Code: Coll. 209, 6-D-11
  • Collection: Stevens Architects drawings and records collection
  • Number of items in commission: 52

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

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