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.

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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.

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

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

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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“.

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A peek inside a couple of the boudoirs:

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And for the gents…

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Outside the property boasts:

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

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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?