Monday, March 30, 2009
Some buildings in this city are just plan beautiful to look at. Here's one. At the corner of Spring and High, the three story, brick McLellan House was built in 1801 for Major Hugh McLellan, at the time the owner of Maine's largest shipping fleet and founder of the first bank and first insurance company in Maine, for a mere $20,000. In October 2002, the fully restored Federal-era building, was reopened by the Portland Museum of Art. Often called "a monument to Portland's first 'golden age', the decades between the physical destruction of the city during the Revolutionary War and the fiscal disasters brought on by the Embargo of 1807 and the War of 1812", I've visited it a couple of times, since the reopening. If you enjoy the historical significance of old buildings in a city, this is a stop one must make in Portland.