I love finding old photos of beautiful houses like this and being able to compare what they looked like then to today.
The historic McGilvery House in Searsport, Maine, is described in its listing as a “Gothic Italianate Mansard Sea Captain’s home” built in 1863.
The Second Empire Victorian mansion is on the market right now, so let’s take a look…
The Captain William McGilvery House Today
I would love to know what colors it was painted originally. The house is now pale gray and white with red trim around the windows and doors, but it still has many of its distinctive original details.
The house has 9 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 6,717 square feet. It sits on 1.68 acres and comes with a “Carriage Barn.”
The listing says:
The McGilvery House is a classic sea captain’s mansion north of Belfast in the small town of Searsport. McGilvery is an impeccable Gothic Italianate Mansard mansion surrounded by lovely maintained grounds. Views of Penobscot Bay from the second and third floor windows. Mature gardens throughout the property.
The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
I came across a site that explained that there are two McGilvery Houses on the same street:
- A (haunted) one belonged to Capt. John McGilvery, and it was built in 1874 on 120 E. Main Street.
- This (white) one built by Capt. William McGilvery in 1863 on 134 E. Main.
They were brothers from a local family that was prominent in the shipping business. In fact, there were 5 brothers in the McGilvery family, all of whom became sea captains. (Their poor mother!)
The William McGilvery House in 1975:
Credit: Roger Wollstadt for Wikipedia.
For more photos and information, check the listing.
You can see his brother John’s house, the haunted Carriage House Inn, here.
It was famous for being the home of the artist Waldo Peirce, among other things!