The beauty of Bangor’s historic architecture

Posted March 01, 2013, at 5:40 a.m.

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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