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Winterport Historic District
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Location Irregular pattern along Main, Elm, Cushing, Lebanon, Commercial, Dean, and Water Sts., Winterport, Maine
Area 170 acres (69 ha)
Architect Ryder, Calvin; Multiple
Architectural style Greek Revival, Federal, Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No. 75000112
Added to NRHP October 3, 1975

The Winterport Historic District encompasses a significant portion of the town center of Winterport, Maine. The town was mainly developed in the mid-19th century, when it served as the main winter port for Bangor, and features a high concentration of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Description and history

Winterport is located in northeastern Waldo County, on the west bank of the Penobscot River. Its village center is located in the southeastern part of town, on the banks of the river. Unlike the city of Bangor, 13 miles (21 km) to the north at the river's head of navigation, the river at Winterport was always free of ice in winter. Winterport was part of Frankfort until 1860. As Bangor's lumber industry boomed, Winterport also grew, as its major supply and shipping point in the winter. Its fortunes were largely ended by the Panic of 1857, resulting in a significant concentration of buildings in the village that were built in the preceding decades.

The historic extends mainly along Main Street (United States Route 1A), from Holmes Street in the south to Cove Brook (just north of Merrill Lane). Additional properties lie in the district on the roads leading toward the river, and inland along Lebanon and Elm Streets, the major roads leading into the town's interior. The district covers 170 acres (69 ha) and includes 150 primary buildings. Many of these are residential properties in the Greek Revival style, and were built between the 1830s and 1850s. Notable non-residential buildings include Winterport's Italianate Town Hall, and four 19th-century churches, including the Winterport Congregational Church, whose design is credited to the regionally significant architect Calvin Ryder.

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