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This classic, Queen Anne-style three-story home was originally built in 1885 for Hartley Lord, a wealthy merchant from Boston, designed by Boston architect George Meacham. Situated in the heart of a charming 19th century town in coastal Maine, it is still known as the Hartley Lord House, and the 70-acre property includes separate carriage house, caretaker’s cottage, and two additional outbuildings—all designed and built at the time of the original house, by the original architect.

Our clients, a New York City-based family with three children, were delighted to find all of the main house’s original interior detail, including woodwork and stained glass, intact after 127 years and multiple owners. They intend to use the house primarily as a summer residence and have hired GPSA to lead the complex restoration in association with local architect John Einsiedler. We are updating all of the systems, and creating a new kitchen, family room and master suite within the original fabric, rebuilding the existing back wing of the house to make it more livable for a contemporary lifestyle without losing any of house’s charm or integrity. For the restoration, we are also collaborating with Maine-based interior decorator Louise Hurlbutt, Maine-based landscape designer Tony Elliot, and Eve Ashcraft as color consultant.

Restoration in Coastal Maine

Street Facade of Existing House