Grant, William F., House

869 Main St., North Vassalboro, Maine


Photo taken by Brian Bartlett in October 2016



Street View 


Criterion C: Architecture Local Significance In the middle of the nineteenth-century the village of North Vassalboro, Maine was a bourgeoning mill town. The North Vassalboro Woolen Manufacturing Company was building and expanding its production facilities, and stores, civic structures, and religious buildings were being constructed at a rapid rate. Mill-owned housing was being erected for the native and immigrant workers newly arriving in town. Among the bustle of activity a Scottish immigrant, William F. Grant, and his family, came to Vassalboro and built their home in a Gothic Revival style theretofore unseen, as far as we know, in the village. With its wide, over-hanging roof, steep dormers, decorative verge board, faux-ashlar siding, moulded window hoods, and skyward pointing finials, the Grantsí home utilized a stylistic vocabulary that was distinctly non-urban and non-industrial. In addition, the eye-catching house, which during the 19th century was painted in light tones with darker hued trim, provided a canvas upon which Grantís skills as a house painter would have been evident, and provided the new-comer with an immediate advertising medium. Today, the distinctive stylistic details of the Grant house remain as a counterpoint to the generally vernacular buildings in the village, and symbolizes in part the variety of cultural influences that found their way to Maineís industrializing landscape in the 19th century.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 2006
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Manufacturing facility
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1850
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1


19th Century (37,744)
Built during 1850s (4,691)
Granite (5,090)
Have Street View (46,069)
House (27,620)
Kennebec County, Maine (154)
Maine (1,864)
North Vassalboro, Maine (2)
Private owner (54,398)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2016: New photos from Brian Bartlett
  • March 28, 2014: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Alphabetized listing