Drew House – DBA


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Historic House
6,000 SF
Portland, Maine

Renovation,  Interior Design, Design Approval Applications and Presentations

Portland, Maine Historic Preservation Program

2012 Maine Preservation Statewide Honor Award

The 1899 Morrill N. Drew Mansion is exemplary of the Shingle style, which dominated domestic architecture in the first half of the twentieth century.  Designed by John Calvin Stevens, FAIA (1855-1940), this Maine residence was restored by the owners with Davis Buckley Architects and Planners (DBA) as the restoration architects. Following the original drawings by Stevens, DBA was able to use the original construction methods in the complete restoration of this mansion, located in the historic district of Portland, Maine.  The scope of work included the reconstruction of quarter-sawn pine clapboards, rebuilding of all porches and entries; attending to details for the restoration of the interior walls, ceilings and floors; repointing masonry; and repairing the roof.  When necessary, replacement materials were “made in-kind”.  Interior reworking was done to bring the structure into the 21st century without adversely affecting the historic fabric.

The State of Maine recognized the sensitive restoration of this historic residence with the 2012 Maine Preservation Statewide Honor Award, the highest preservation award conveyed by the State of Maine. They commended the project’s “contribution to the city’s historical landscape as an effective collaboration within the preservation field” and applauded DBA’s attention to detail throughout the project.  Noted architectural historian, Vincent Scully described Stevens’ designs as masterpieces of the shingle style.


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