A Snapshot of Portland, 1924: The Taxman Cometh

33-35 Presumpscot Street, Portland, 1924

33-35 Presumpscot Street, Portland, 1924
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City of Portland - Planning & Development

Bruns Apartments
33-35 Presumpscot Street

Danish-American Neils A.N. Bruns lofted this new two-family dwelling at 33-35 Presumpscot Street on Back Cove as a rental property.

The utilitarian building abutted Baxter Boulevard, which had been constructed from 1917-1921 as part of a visionary park system of beautification and sanitation begun by Mayor James Phinney Baxter.

Two railroad clerks rented the apartments in 1923. One was Arthur P. Kelsen. He and his wife, Ingeborge, both natives of Denmark, lived in the house until 1946.

Portland had a Danish population of 1,500 by 1907, including three ethnic churches and ten Danish societies.

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