Fives Court

55 Fairburn Way, Lovell, Maine



LISTED NRHP, 10/5/2017 "Diamond Match Company president William Armstrong Fairburn hosted clients at Westways, a rustic-looking corporate retreat with swanky amenities like a two-lane bowling alley and fives court (similar to a squash court but designed for the English handball game fives)." Down East Magazine

Fives Court, Lovell, Oxford County, 1924

Date listed: 10/5/2017

Criterion C: Architecture Local Significance

The Fives Court is a specialized recreation building located in Lovell, Oxford County, Maine. The building was originally constructed in 1924 as part of Westways Kezar a vacation and corporate retreat built by William Armstrong Fairburn. The complex was built on Kezar Lake near the White Mountains and a few miles from New Hampshire. Built in a Craftsman style with limited decorative details on the exterior, the one-story, one-room Fives Court interior reveals distinct characteristics common to this rare type of sporting court. The building is significant under Criteria C for the distinct form, proportions, plan, materials and structure which are characteristic of Rugby style courts and reflect its origins in English preparatory schools. The building is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level with a period of significance that reflects its construction date. The Fives Court retains integrity of design, workmanship, materials, location, setting, feeling and association. The building is being nominated individually based on its distinct building type. This area of significance is not shared by other buildings or the group of buildings as a whole which made up Fairburnís Westways camp.


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Update Log 

  • October 10, 2017: Added by Brian Bartlett