Cushman Tavern

Demolished
Middle & Webster Corner Rds., Lisbon, Maine

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Photo taken by Brian Bartlett in November 2018

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Description 

This home has serious issues with its' roof, with large holes in two places and much water damage inside. The floors still feel solid, and the wonderful murals are mostly OK, but it would take a lot to save the building. Constructed about 1825, Cushman Tavern, was purchased in 1827 by Captain Samuel Cushman who operated it for many years. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this house is a significant example of late Federal-style, but its most remarkable features are the Orison Wood painted murals in the first and second story hallways and on the wall of the stairwell between. A follower of Rufus Porter, Wood painted murals in several houses in the area before 1830. From his father he learned plaster painting, and frescoed at least four houses in West Auburn, Lewiston and Webster Corner with landscapes that are clearly influenced by Porter designs. In an article in the January 22, 1927, issue of the Lewiston Journal, Captain Cushman’s daughter relays the story of how a stranger claiming to be an artist came to the door of the tavern and said that he could, “paint the walls with marvelous decorations that would advertise the Cushman House far and wide and make its name notable on the lips of the traveling public.” Their rarity and remarkable condition make these murals important examples of early American art.

Update Nov. 2019; the murals have been removed, leaving a large hole in the front of the building, which is presumably soon to be demolished.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1979
Reference number
79000125
Architectural style
Federal
Area of significance
Art
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art); Hotel; Single dwelling; Restaurant
Current functions
Work of art (sculpture, carving, rock art); Single dwelling
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
ca. 1825

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19th Century (37,674)
Androscoggin County, Maine (128)
Brick (42,462)
Built during 1820s (1,810)
Commercial building (6,123)
Federal (4,590)
Granite (5,090)
Have Street View (44,498)
Lisbon, Maine (2)
Maine (1,856)
Orison Wood (1)
Private owner (54,398)
Work of art (157)

Update Log 

  • November 21, 2019: New photo from Brian Bartlett
  • February 6, 2019: New photo from Brian Bartlett
  • November 7, 2018: New photos from Brian Bartlett
  • November 17, 2016: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • January 18, 2014: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Corrected address
  • December 15, 2013: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Corrected category
  • August 23, 2013: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett

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