c. 1860 Italianate – Thomaston, ME

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123 Main St, Thomaston, ME 04861

  • $225,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 3644 Sq Ft
  • 0.88 Ac.
Two homes -antique & contemporary -downtown historical Thomaston. Mid 19th century Italianate, Captain Harvey Mills Home - grand rooms, high ceilings, period details, extraordinary 2 story attached barn. Serious updates w/ 2.5 baths, new wiring, roofs, & additional structural repairs. Includes fully renovated 2 BR rental cottage (123 Main St), urban setting w large .88 acre lot. Main house built by well known builder James Overlook, known for inverted fleur-de-lis symbols as architectural elements to porches.

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks Noelle for sharing!

  2. MonicaG says: 166 comments

    That porch and red glass? = wow.

  3. Ozark Dave says: 55 comments

    These Maine houses are time capsules of architecture and antiques! I love the contemporary house also! A great mother in law setup or place to live while you refurbish the older house. Maine has the houses that I’m most drawn to. I just can’t get past the mythological Maine winter. I’m not as young as I use to be… Thanks Kelly!

  4. JullesJulles says: 533 comments
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    The details on this house are exquisite. The porch, the greek columns, the built in, the fireplace mantles and the quoins on the sides of the exterior are beautiful. The amount of them in one place is a little overarching. Is this house a transitional style from Greek Revival, Italianate, Georgian with a little Victorian thrown in? 1860 much have been an interesting time architecturally. Down South we just get a lot of Greek Revivals.

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Julles, I think you are correct about a hybrid of styles which makes me think this might have started out as a Greek Revival but received a heavy Italianate exterior makeover around 1860. An alternate possibility is the architect wanted to keep some of the Greek Revival flavor but combined it with newer Italianate details. The ruby red flashed glass (a thin colored layer of glass is fused to a clear sheet) with the wheel cut designs was a favorite of homes built from the 1850-1870 era. These beautiful art glass panes were most often placed around the entry as side lights or transoms and were found in Gothic Revival, late Greek Revival, and Italianate style houses. Here’s an Ohio Italianate (older than 1875, IMO) which shows the use of this glass around the entry (scroll down to photo No. 5) https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2015/02/25/c-1870-italianate-xenia-oh/
      This seems like a fantastic home and property but there’s little that can be done about the Maine location…winters there are going to be cold but summers are probably very pleasant and mild. (locals are welcome to add local climate information as I’ve yet to even visit Maine; I do recall one Maine resident claimed winters in some areas are milder than others)

  5. Victoria Webb says: 134 comments

    It’s hard to believe that this incredible property has gone into foreclosure. I love that the house is connected to the barn – and what a barn! Painting studio/gallery here I come. It’s also situated right in downtown, so convenient.

    I found this information on the original owner, Captain Harvey Mills: http://archon.mainemaritimemuseum.org/?p=collections/findingaid&id=50&q=

  6. KevinB says: 131 comments

    pretty cool house and you’re not too far from Rockland and the ocean so you could probably get some nice airbnb income during the summer months when all the tourists descend on the state. it has some really nice architecture and that guest house would be a nice place to either live or rent out to guests.

  7. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    I love the door- & window-surrounds in the old house. The barn is beautiful too in its antique simplicity.

  8. chichipox says: 209 comments

    The first thing I would do is put that beautiful fence back up.

  9. JimHJimH says: 5118 comments
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    There are other houses in Thomaston by the same builder mentioned, James Overlock, which combine Italianate with Greek Revival and Georgian elements. The NRHP documentation claims the others are as originally built.

    The owner had too much on his plate apparently, house and boat projects plus a job, and a family in Massachusetts. His blog had him painting here 4 years ago:
    He also posted a portrait of owner Harvey Mills (1816-1894):

    • Victoria Webb says: 134 comments

      Thanks for that info, Jim. Sad that the recent owner had to end up selling. 52 degrees during even a mild Maine winter must have been rough.

      I noticed several homes in town that Overlock built which are almost identical to the Mills house.

  10. Sandra says: 318 comments

    What a useful little cottage. The owners could live there while they are restoring the main home, then rent the cottage out or just keep it for guests.

  11. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Thomaston’s Maine Street is lined with houses like this. I drool every time we take a drive there.

  12. Momof6 says: 3 comments

    Winters tend to be a bit milder the closer to the coast you get. The ocean temperature keeps the air temperature warmer. I live on a small island off the coast (ferry from Rockland) and even being an additional 12 miles from the coast we are usually 10 degrees warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. I think the biggest factor and bit to get used to is the wind. It can absolutely howl through your bones during a good nor easter! I drive by this house often, just last weekend my kids had a softball game up the street. Thomaston is a sweet little town that is holding onto its small town feel, but is accessible to shopping, movies, etcetera!

  13. says: 38 comments

    Kelly, these Maine houses make my heart swoon. Almost all retain original details and have the most magnificent light!

    • chichipox says: 209 comments

      That is why I’m only looking in Maine. The only problem I’m having is finding something that is in between a major project and move in ready.

  14. Melody Koontz says: 49 comments

    My son and DIL bought an OLD house in Rockland, ME. James Farnsworth house on Cedar. It is very similar to this house. They will be spending their first winter this year. Their fireplaces were coal burning so not usable now. We drove to Thomesten and it is a lovely lovely town. Darling home…I just would not want to fix it. The kids’ house looks great in photos but you get in there and see ALL of the things that need serious work…they are young and energetic. We LOVE Maine. Back in Northern CA now…we do not miss the humidity in Maine.

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