Foss, Horatio G., House

19 Elm St., Auburn, Maine


1914-1917 Horatio G. Foss House, now the Womens Literary Union; 19 Elm St, Auburn, Maine

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The Horatio G. Foss mansion was constructed from 1914-1917. The house is in the Federal Revival Style with Spanish influence. The owner, Horatio Foss, was born in Wayne, Maine and became a successful shoe manufacturer with the firm of Dingley, Foss and Co. His wife, Ella, a Solon native, came to Auburn to work in the shop and married Horatio when she was 24. They had no children, and bequeathed the house to the Woman’s Literary Union after her death in 1941. The house retains its exquisite architectural detail and many original wall coverings.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Federal; Georgian Revival
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2016: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • April 8, 2014: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett
  • March 28, 2014: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Alphabetized listing
  • March 25, 2014: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett