Criterion C: Architecture Local Significance
The circa 1807 Captain Johnson H. Stover Jr. House in Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine, is significant under Criterion C for Architecture as a locally significant example of Federal style architecture with mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival style interior updates to several rooms. Its character-defining features include a symmetrical five-bay fašade with pilastered door surround; a hipped roof; Federal style mantles and trim in the principal rooms and a triple-run stair with a newel post typical of local early-nineteenth century design. The house was built for a prominent local family and remained in their possession through two generations before becoming a seasonal summer home. This pattern of use and ownership was quite common for architecturally significant Maine coastal houses. It is among the largest and oldest houses in Harpswell and the only house of its size and style on the southern end of Harpswell Neck, where the majority of historic houses exhibit distinctly different Federal style details. The house retains integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association for the circa 1807 and circa 1860 periods of significance.