Donovan-Hussey Farms Historic District

546 and 535 Ludlow Rd., Houlton, Maine



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Criterion A: Agriculture Local significance

Surrounded by hundreds of acres of agricultural fields on the outskirts of the town of Houlton, the Donovan and Hussey Farms provide a visually striking image. Facing each other across the road, the two properties contain similarly looking large gambrel roof barns and nicely composed early twentieth century houses. Together they form, and inform, a distinctive image of the regionís agricultural history. The Donovan - Hussey Farms Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the area of agriculture as a group of buildings that represent broad trends in agriculture in Aroostook County during the first five decades of the twentieth century. During this period both farms experienced significant alterations of their domestic and agricultural buildings. Both houses reflect current stylistic trends and the barns were designed to take advantage of changes in technology and more efficiently compete in the local agricultural economies. Of special note within the district are the two gambrel-roof barns, one on each farm, which were designed specifically for potato storage and dairy farming, two of the most important agricultural pursuits in the Houlton area.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 13, 2009
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Gambrel roof barn
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings; Animal facility; Storage; Agricultural fields
Current functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings; Animal facility; Storage; Agricultural fields
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1906; 1910; 1925
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • December 20, 2013: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Added description