During the three decades before the Civil War, Greek Revival was the predominant architectural style for Maine houses and buildings. When Rockland businessman William A. Farnsworth built his home on Elm Street in Rockland in 1850, its pleasing symmetry and classical lines were hallmarks of the Greek Revival. This lecture focuses on houses built in the state between 1830 and 1860 by Mr. Farnsworth and his contemporaries in Portland, Bangor, and the mid-coastal communities of Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Belfast. Examples will range from the work of major architects of the period to that of local carpenters using the pattern books of the day.
Lecturer Earle G. Shettleworth was appointed to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture, and in 2008, Governor Baldacci reappointed Mr. Shettleworth to a second term as State Historian.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Cost: $ 10 members, $15 nonmembers