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Morse-Libby Mansion

Portland, Maine
County of Cumberland.
109 Danforth Street
National Register Number: 70000074
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 30, 1970):
Designed by the Henry Austin and with extraordinary elaborate interiors by the artist-decorator Giovanni Guidirini, this is one of the finest and least-altered examples of a large Italianate Villa-styled brick and brownstone town house in the United States. It was constructed between 1859 and 1863 for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a New Orleans hotel owner, who intended it as a summer residence; in 1895, it was acquired by J.R. Libby, a Portland merchant; in 1943, the mansion was donated to the Victoria Society of Maine Women.

The Morse-Libby Mansion received Save America's Treasures funding in 2001 of $400,000 as a matching grant.


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