The beauty of Bangor’s historic architecture

Posted March 01, 2013, at 5:40 a.m.
The East Bangor Congregational Church was built in 1849 on Pushaw Road (at Church Road) and is the oldest church structure left standing in Bangor.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The East Bangor Congregational Church was built in 1849 on Pushaw Road (at Church Road) and is the oldest church structure left standing in Bangor. Buy Photo
The East Bangor Congregational Church was built in 1849 on Pushaw Road (at Church Road) and is the oldest church structure left standing in Bangor.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The East Bangor Congregational Church was built in 1849 on Pushaw Road (at Church Road) and is the oldest church structure left standing in Bangor. Buy Photo
The Thomas A. Hill House was built in 1835 and is home to the Bangor Museum and History Center on the corner of Union Street and High Street.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The Thomas A. Hill House was built in 1835 and is home to the Bangor Museum and History Center on the corner of Union Street and High Street. Buy Photo
The Thomas A. Hill House was built in 1835 and is home to the Bangor Museum and History Center on the corner of Union Street and High Street.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The Thomas A. Hill House was built in 1835 and is home to the Bangor Museum and History Center on the corner of Union Street and High Street. Buy Photo
The John L. Godfrey house, better known as &quotCliff Cottage" on Kenduskeag Avenue was built in 1847 in the Gothic style. &quotWe really see ourselves as stewards rather than owners of the house," said Ellen Tobin (with Jim Tobin) of staying true to the architecture of the house when remodeling.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The John L. Godfrey house, better known as "Cliff Cottage" on Kenduskeag Avenue was built in 1847 in the Gothic style. "We really see ourselves as stewards rather than owners of the house," said Ellen Tobin (with Jim Tobin) of staying true to the architecture of the house when remodeling. Buy Photo
&quotCliff Cottage" on Kenduskeag Avenue was built in 1847 in the Gothic style.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
"Cliff Cottage" on Kenduskeag Avenue was built in 1847 in the Gothic style. Buy Photo
An original gas light hangs in the entry way of the Cliff Cottage on Kenduskeag Avenue. The house was built in 1847 in the Gothic style.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
An original gas light hangs in the entry way of the Cliff Cottage on Kenduskeag Avenue. The house was built in 1847 in the Gothic style. Buy Photo
The dining room that was added to the Cliff Cottage in the late 1800s is still home to the original oak table.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The dining room that was added to the Cliff Cottage in the late 1800s is still home to the original oak table. Buy Photo
The Adams-Pickering Block at 105 Main Street was built in 1871 and featured a smooth granite face and street-level columns that were square in profile.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The Adams-Pickering Block at 105 Main Street was built in 1871 and featured a smooth granite face and street-level columns that were square in profile. Buy Photo
The Adams-Pickering Block at 105 Main Street was built in 1871. The windows were arranged as two groups of three with a larger central window.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
The Adams-Pickering Block at 105 Main Street was built in 1871. The windows were arranged as two groups of three with a larger central window. Buy Photo
Built in 1897, the Bangor Standpipe and Observatory stands 110 feet high on the highest hill in Bangor providing a view for miles in every direction. The Standpipe, which has 220,000 exterior cedar shingles, is unique in the nation because it exemplifies the Shingle Style.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Built in 1897, the Bangor Standpipe and Observatory stands 110 feet high on the highest hill in Bangor providing a view for miles in every direction. The Standpipe, which has 220,000 exterior cedar shingles, is unique in the nation because it exemplifies the Shingle Style. Buy Photo
Built in 1897, the Bangor Standpipe and Observatory stands 110 feet high on the highest hill in Bangor providing a view for miles in every direction. The Standpipe, which has 220,000 exterior cedar shingles, is unique in the nation because it exemplifies the Shingle Style. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Built in 1897, the Bangor Standpipe and Observatory stands 110 feet high on the highest hill in Bangor providing a view for miles in every direction. The Standpipe, which has 220,000 exterior cedar shingles, is unique in the nation because it exemplifies the Shingle Style. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Buy Photo

Walking into the Cliff Cottage on Kenduskeag Avenue immediately drew me into its rich history. From the original gas light hanging in the entryway reflecting light across the ceiling, to the oak dining table handcrafted in the late 1800s, this Gothic-style house built in 1847 is nothing short of amazing.

“We see ourselves as stewards rather than owners of the house.” said Ellen Tobin, who with her husband, Jim, are the third family to own the home.

Bangor is full of great architectural history with 30 properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bangor Standpipe and Observatory, which stands 110 feet high on the tallest hill in Bangor, is one of those places. Built in 1897, it is not the oldest structure I photographed, but definitely one to be recognized. It took 220,000 cedar shingles to finish the exterior frame and is unique in the nation because of its shingle style.

The little white church in the field on Pushaw Road has caught my eye for years. When I began looking into Bangor’s architectural history, I learned that this church, built in 1849 as the East Bangor Congregational Church, is the oldest church still standing in Bangor.

Bangor is rich in architectural history and for those who may be interested in learning more, the Bangor Museum and History Center offers great information. Located in the Thomas A. Hill House, 1835, on the corner of Union Street and High Street, it too is on the National Register of Historic Places.

References from Bangor, Maine 1769-1914 An Architectural History by Deborah Thompson.

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