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Goold House

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Area  less than one acre
Added to NRHP  1990
NRHP Reference #  89000251
Goold House
Location  280 Windham Center Road, Windham, Maine
Architectural style  Greek Revival architecture

The William Goold House is an historic house at 280 Windham Center Road in Windham, Maine. Probably built in the 1820s, it was the longtime home of William Goold, a prominent 19th-century historian of the state of Maine and a state senator. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 1990.

Description and history

The Goold house is a 1-1/2 story wood frame structure, clad in clapboards and shingles. Facing south is a Greek Revival gable end, which has been partly obscured by an early 20th-century Colonial Revival porch. The porch is supported by four columns with composite capitals, and four lattice posts. The porch wraps around the sides of the house, and has a hip roof. The main entrance is in the middle bay of three, and is flanked by sidelight windows and topped by a four-light transom window. The upper level of the house has a side-gable roof, with three dormers facing front. The central dormer is larger, with a gable roof, while the flanking dormers have hip roofs. To the rear of the main block is a single-story addition, which features a distinctive tower, which has a bullseye window and an open belvedere under a hip roof. The interior of the house features predominantly Colonial Revival styling.

The house was probably built in the early 1820s by Nathan Goold. His son William was born on this property, but probably not in this house, in 1809. He returned to this homestead in 1861 with his family, and made it his home until his death in 1890. During his time here he published numerous articles on the history of Maine in the Portland Press, and became a leading member of the Maine Historical Society. He was elected to the Maine State Senate, serving 1874-75. His major work, Portland in the Past, was published in 1886. Goold was reported to use the belvedere in the tower as an escape to do his historical research.

References

Goold House Wikipedia


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