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Gen. John Williams House
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Gen. John Williams House
Location 62 High St., Bangor, Maine
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1822 (1822)
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference No. 78000195
Added to NRHP December 22, 1978

The Gen. John Williams House is a historic house at 62 High Street in Bangor, Maine. Built in the early 1820s, it is believed to be the oldest brick house in the city, and one of its only examples of Federal architecture. It was built by John Williams, a leading businessman and militia commander of the period. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Description and history

The Williams House is set on the north side of High Street, a short, predominantly residential, side street near Bangor's central business district. The house is a 2-1/2 story brick structure, five bays wide and three deep, with a side gable roof and four side chimneys. The centered entry is recessed in a wide opening with a granite lintel, with paneled sides, sidelight windows, and a fan above. Windows are plain sash windows with granite sills and lintels, and with shutters on the front facade.

John Williams was a successful local businessman, who served in the local band of state militia during the War of 1812 and later, eventually being commissioned a brigadier general in 1828. Williams acquired the lot this house stands on in 1822, and in 1825 was taxed for the house's presence. Williams was a significant presence in the civic scene, serving in the local fire brigade, as president of the local library association, and as registrar of probate for the county. He sold the house in 1835 to Dr. William Mason, in whose family it remained until the 1950s.

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