The George Lord Little House in Kennebunk, Maine

One thing that has always both intrigued and repelled me is the sheer verticality of my Gothic Revival house. Height in an old home is fascinating AND intimidating to me. Case in point: this 1875 Victorian in Kennebunk, Maine

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The George Lord Little House, in the Summer Street Historic District, is an architectural masterpiece. It is intricately beautiful, but also, somewhat foreboding.

The home displays curved mansard roofs with iron cresting, rounded windows on the upper floors and an off-center tower.

– from: www.sothebysrealty.com

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I guess it’s fitting that this house was built at the height of the Victorian era because those Victorians were notoriously creepy, what with their hair art mementospost mortem photography, etc.

Despite its tall, attenuated appearance, the George Lord Little House is certainly no small hovel. It has over 6,000 square feet PLUS a large 3 bedroom carriage house.

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The estate is currently listed for sale by Sotheby’s International Realty at $1,350,000.

This gracious home boasts plaster moldings, antique hardware and lighting and ruby red and etched glass accents.

– from: www.sothebysrealty.com

Built in The Second Empire Baroque style, this stately home features 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

The kitchen, as you can see, has been modernized and upgraded. In fact all of the house’s mechanical systems “have been updated to provide every conceivable amenity for modern-day living“.

A peek inside a couple of the boudoirs:

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And for the gents…

Outside the property boasts:

Exquisite landscaping, elegant gardens and an in-ground heated pool.

– from: www.sothebysrealty.com

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For additional information about the extraordinary George Lord Little House, see the Sotheby’s listing here.

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Fully beautiful, and only slightly creepy… but that’s just my take.

I’m curious to know what you think —

Do you have the same aversion to the verticality?

Or do you think the house is just a pristine example of Victorian charm?

 

 

9 Comments

  • Marie Hunter says:

    If I had 1.35 million, I’d take it…. but it kind of reminds me of the house in Hitchcock movie Pyscho….same style, plus tall and skinny. You gotta wonder why? Since it looks like the building lot is fairly wide.

  • Sue says:

    Victorians are a favorite of mine. It’s full of charm inside, but does have a bit of the creep-deep to it. Maybe a bright new paint job to accentuate all the scroll work. Really great house though.

  • Design Chic says:

    What a beautiful and charming home…love the pool area!!

  • Jayne says:

    I love the house, but it is a bit creepy on the outside. I’d be happy living in just the little carriage house.

  • Marie Hunter says:

    Yep, Psycho house was what first entered my mind too! I love the old furniture in this place, and the rugs….can’t imagine cleaning something this big…back in the day when there were no vacuums….

  • This is my favorite of the Victorian styles, known as second empire. Inspired by French architecture. I think the reson for the creepiness is our own film history that used these beautiful homes for such movies as phyco. If I could move there i would take it in a second.
    Chris

  • Lori says:

    I live about 30 minutes from this area and this is my favorite house. I drive down Summer street several times and I always have to slow down and look at it. Love this house!!

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