Keywords: Federal architecture
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1942 Location: South Portland Owner: Federal Public Housing Authority Commission Type: Architecture
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1971–1974 Location: Waterville Owner: City of Waterville Commission Type: Architecture
Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.
The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
Maine's first governor, William King, was arguably the most influential figure in Maine's achieving statehood in 1820. Although he served just one year as the Governor of Maine, he was instrumental in establishing the new state's constitution and setting up its governmental infrastructure.
At this time the federal style of architecture was being replaced by the Greek Revival, which used proportions and ornamentations of Roman design…
… 400 original 19th century structures - including Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, French Second Empire and Queen Anne examples…