9 Maine properties on National Register

Posted Feb. 13, 2009, at 10:17 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Nine properties in Maine have been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission whose staff prepared the nominations. This designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The Capt. John Plummer House in Addison, constructed in 1842, represents an important, if modest, local adoption of Gothic Revival stylistic forms at midcentury because of the addition of a distinctive entry vestibule sometime before 1880. As such, the Capt. John Plummer House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance as an example of a type, style or method of construction that represents a stylistic trend in American architectural history.

The Lagassey Farm, a 162-acre property in St. Agatha, which is still under cultivation, was listed in the National Register of Historic places for the manner in which it reflects broad patterns of agriculture within the St. John Valley. The Lagassey Farm is also important for the Acadian-style agricultural buildings on the property, which are good examples of a regionally distinct style of architecture.

The Pythian Opera House, also known as the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, in Boothbay Harbor is a 3½-story Queen Anne-style structure designed by the Portland architectural team of Francis H. Fassett and his son Edward F. Fassett. Erected by the Pythian Hall Co. in 1894, the building housed Boothbay Harbor’s govern-mental functions until the 1930s, served as the meeting halls for two fraternal organizations into the 1960s, and was an important public hall used by the community as a site for entertainment and recreation until the late 1980s.

The Pythian Opera House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance for its long-term association with the social and governmental history of the town and for its architectural significance.

The other Maine properties recently entered in the National Register of Historic Places are:

— Kromberg Barn, Smithfield.

— Kent Cemetery, Fayette.

— Forest Lodge, Upton.

— The Main Street-Frye Street Historic District, Lewiston.

— The Bailey Island Library Hall, Bailey Island, Harpswell.

— The Biddeford-Saco Mills Historic District, Biddeford and Saco.

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