Quimby sells proposed artist-in-residence building in Portland

Posted Dec. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 125-year-old Queen Anne Victorian that philanthropist Roxanne Quimby once planned to use for an artist-in-residence program has sold to a new owner who plans to create apartments and commercial space.

Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, purchased the building in 2009 for $350,000 but ran into problems that included a fire set by a homeless man inside the building. The Portland Press Herald said she eventually abandoned her artist-in-residence plan in Portland.

Kenn Guimond, who bought the boarded-up and gutted building this month, told the newspaper that his plans call for at least three apartments on upper floors and commercial use of the ground floor.

A Portland city official said she was happy that the Freeport developer seemed to really appreciate its architectural character and intends to preserve it.