Greene Cottage

516 Basin Point Rd., Harpswell, Maine




LISTED NRHP 9/30/2019

Period of Significance: 1913 Criterion C: Architecture Local Level of Significance The Greene Cottage was built in 1913 at the southern tip of Basin Point in Harpswell, Cumberland County, Maine. The bungalow was built as a summer cottage for a middle-class Boston family. The family purchased a lot along the Maine coast and hired a local contractor. The expansion of summer tourism along the Maine coast started after the Civil War and continued through the 1920s due to a generally strong economy, expanding leisure time and improved transportation networks. As these trends continued to strengthen, more middle-class families were able to build their own summer cottages along the Maine coast. The Greene Cottage is eligible under Criterion C for Architecture for its type and period of construction. It is a good example of an early twentieth century, middle-class summer cottage. The siting of the property to capitalize on views, expansive porch, many bedrooms, open plan, style and form all convey the summer cottage type and form as interpreted by local builders and influenced by a modest budget. The property is locally significance with a 1913 period of significant based on the building's construction date. With few changes, the building retains a high level of integrity.


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Update Log 

  • November 21, 2019: New photo from Brian Bartlett
  • October 8, 2019: Added by Brian Bartlett