Brewer Register of Historic Places Program and sites
The Brewer Register of Historic Places is a program to increase awareness of Brewer’s history by developing a registry that recognizes houses over 100 years old, residences of historic figures and important historic city sites. The program is a partnership between the City of Brewer and the Brewer Historical Society. This register is open to all Brewer property owners and is a non-regulatory recognition of the value of Brewer’s past history.
The City of Brewer, through the City Council’s Historic Resources Advisory Board, provides a clearing house for historic place registration. The Brewer Historical Society maintains the documentation of the Registry.
The program will be promoted to the citizens of Brewer as a way to become actively involved in the City’s history by displaying a sign on the outside of a qualified property that depicts the homeowner’s naming of the house, the date the property was built, a replica of the historic Brewer seal and the Brewer Historical Society designation at the bottom. A Historic Resources Advisory Board member will interview the property owner, complete an architectural and historical history, provide a historical deed chain for the records and the homeowner, and arrange for the historical sign. The owner will pay a nominal fee for the sign. All records, photographs, and historical information will be archived by the Brewer Historical Society.
At the time the sign is produced, the property owner will be notified and the sign will be presented to the property owner and the property recognized as being part of the Brewer Register of Historic Places.
Brewer Register of Historic Places sites
1. 350 North Main Street (Birthplace and childhood home of Civil War hero General Joshua Lawrence. Chamberlain)
Early American Cape Cod house, 1 storey, built in 1818 and rebuilt using dormers in 1900 into a Gothic Cottage style house.
This house located at 350 North Main Street was the birthplace and early childhood home of Civil War hero General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The Chamberlain family lived here until around 1835 when they moved to their newly built larger house at what is now 80 Chamberlain Street. The 1818 house is an Early American one storey Cape Cod house; rebuilt, incorporating dormers and a Palladian window about 1900 into a Gothic Cottage style house. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic places by owner Dr. Daniel Moellentin in 2012.
2. 5 East Summer Street (Fiddlehead Inn)
Victorian 2.5 storey house with Queen Anne features, built around 1885
This well preserved house located at 5 East Summer was built around 1885 and is a fine example of a 2.5 storey Victorian with Queen Anne features. The interior has many excellent architectural features and is presently a vegetarian Bed and Breakfast. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner Saundra Haley.
3. 173 Wilson Street (Fannie Hardy Eckstorm house)
Classical Revival, mid 19th Century, 1.5 storeys with many original external details still present. Wide corner boards, door lights, likely original clapboards.
This house was built in the mid 1800s. In 1900, the house was purchased for Maine author and naturalist, Fannie Hardy Eckstorm by her father Manly Hardy. Fannie Hardy Eckstorm achieved national prominence for her writing and naturalist skills. She spent her life experiencing and writing about the Maine woods including its flora and fauna. She also archived Maine music and was recognized as an excellent folklorist. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner’s Ernest and Dr. Teresa Steele
4. 199 Wilson Street (Brewer Historical Society Clewley Museum)
Classical Revival, Built around 1880
This house was built on land purchased after the Civil War. The house was built about 1880 by I.W. Friend (Frend). It is an example of many family residences that were built as Brewer homesteads during this time. The Brewer Historical Society continues to remodel and renovate the building and showcase early 19th century life .The house was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by the Brewer Historical Society.
5. 60 Parker Street (Home and original business premises of Old Footman Dairy)
Victorian-Queen Anne 2.5 storey with attached carriage house. Built around 1880
This house was built in the 1880s. In the 1920’s the Footman family bought the property and until 1936, when a new brick building was built, served as the Footman Dairy. Many in Brewer remember with fondness the Footman Dairy Company. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner Ben Bubar.
6. 57 Parker Street: (Parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Brewer from 1873-1922) )
Early American Style, 1.5 storeys, Cape Cod with door window. Built pre-Civil War.
This house was built prior to the Civil War and was at one time owned by Joseph Baker who, in 1873, donated the property as a parsonage to the trustees of the Brewer Methodist-Episcopal Church (which is now at 40 South Main Street). It remained the parsonage until 1922 when a new parsonage (now gone) was purchased. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner William Grant Jr.
7. 7 Howard Street:
Federal Revival Style 2.5 storey built around 1870
This post Civil War house was built around 1870 by Roscoe Rodelphas Howard. Mr. Howard was a ship carpenter. The street on which the house resides is named after him. The house is an imposing structure due to historically correct narrow and tall architectural dimensions. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owners James and Catherine Russell
8. 34 Brimmer Street:
Queen Ann 2.5 storey. Built in 1907
This Queen Anne 2.5 storey house exists with significant original architectural detail work intact. It features a rounded front tower and side bay window. The windows are original. This architectural style is Late 19th to early 20th Century.
This house was built in 1907 by Oscar S. Ellis, a master mariner. In the 1940’s the house became the residence of part of the Tucker family of Tucker Shoes. The Tucker Shoe Factory was a feature of Brewer for many years. The Tucker family owned the property until 1979. The house is presently going through extensive remodeling and refurbishing. It was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner John Gonya
9. 80 Chamberlain Street (homestead of Joshua L. Chamberlain Jr.)
Classical Revival 2.5 storey, door window lights, fine wooden corners, early turned molding at roof. Built around 1835
This is one of the most historic homes in Brewer. Joshua Chamberlain Jr. (son of Joshua Chamberlain senior and father to Civil War General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain) built this house around 1835 and moved his family from the cape style house at 350 North Main Street. The Chamberlain family and their heirs remained in the house until 1960. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain spent his boyhood here and remained until he left for Bowdoin College in southern Maine. The Chamberlain family remained in the house and daughter Sarah (Sae) remained there, after she had married C. O. Farrington and until her death. Their daughter Alice Mary Farrington lived there the rest of her life. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historical Places by owner Earl Sherwood
10. Oak Hill Cemetery
Started in 1825
John Brewer donated land for a cemetery in 1825. He and many famous Brewer families are buried in Oak Hill. A listing of Cemetery plots is available at the Brewer City Hall or the Brewer Historical Society. The cemetery was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by the Brewer Cemetery Committee and Brewer Parks and Recreation.
11. North Brewer Cemetery
Acquired in 1840
The North Brewer Cemetery was acquired by the City of Brewer in 1840 although grave sites reveal that it was a burial site earlier than this date. Many of North Brewer Residents are buried here. The cemetery was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by the Brewer Cemetery Committee and Brewer Parks and Recreation.
12. Chamberlain Freedom Park
Chamberlain Freedom Park was developed after the destruction of the historic John Holyoke house because of the building of the Penobscot Bridge. The park is both a tribute to Civil War Hero and Brewer native General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and to the role that Brewer played in the “Underground Railroad” in helping escaped slaves during their flight to freedom. The park is placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by the Brewer Historical Society along with park designer, State Representative, Richard Campbell and former historical Society president, Brian Higgins.
13. 105 Union Street
Classical Revival Built around 1870
This two story home is unique because of the seven gables architectural feature. The house was built around 1870 by William H. Maling,, a lumberman. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owners Leon and Valerie Grant
14. 84 Day Road
New England Farmhouse . The homestead was started about 1860
This well maintained historic New England Farmhouse was built by Alfred S. Lambert, a farmer and Blacksmith. Mr. Lambert began obtaining land for what would become a 100 acre farm in the 1850’s. The house has many original interior features and a beautiful setting. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owners Doug and Lisa Gardner.
15. 85 State Street
Late Greek Revival two storey house built around 1863. The double chimneys are very prominent and in many ways herald back to the American Federal style.
This house was built about 1863 by Randall Hopkins. It served as the Sirabella Photography Studio from 1954 to 2006. It was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by present owner Mario J. Sirabella.
16. 96 Union Street
Classic Revival one-and-one-half storey house built round 1855. The symmetrical 6 over 6 pane windows are probably original as is the carriage house. There are many original details inside the house which have been carefully restored.
The house was the homestead to Leonard B. Smith (c. 1865) who was a Master Mariner and U.S. Consul to Curachao. It was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owners William and Maria Higgins
17. 473 Day Road
Post and beam partial salt-box, 1.5 storey house with double opposing fireplaces. The house was built around 1840..
This lovely country house was the homestead of Calef and Lydia Day. Calef Day was a farmer who died in 1847 at the age of 41 and is buried in North Brewer Cemetery. Lydia Day lived until 81 years of age and died in 1881. It was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owners Don and Susan Pierce
18. First Methodist Church of Brewer, 40 South Main Street
Gothic Revival built in 1905
The original First Methodist Church was built in 1853. This was a frame building with high roof, tower, steeple, and dual front doors. The minister at this time was Rev. A. C. Godfrey. In 1902 the church was condemned by the Brewer city inspector as being unsafe. The present church was dedicated in 1905. The building is an exceptional and significant structure with two jutting buttresses on the bell tower. The beautiful stained glass windows were made by Spence, Bell and Company of Boston. The structure has details reminiscent of medieval churches and is fitted with fine material and attention to detail. The original parsonage is a building on the Brewer Register of Historic Places at 57 Parker Street. The church was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by the congregation (with support from LaForest Mathews and William Grant)
19. 439 North Main Street
Queen Anne Style 1887
This house was built by William B. Ferguson in 1887 on 100 acres of land originally owned by Oliver Farrington. Willard B. Ferguson was a farmer. This Queen Anne Style house was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by present owner Michelle Perkins.
20. 53 Parker Street
New England Farmhouse Style. C. 1877.
This house was built on property originally owned by John Holyoke. Mr. Holyoke sold the land to Chelsea Westcott for a homestead around 1877. The house was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner William Grant.
21. Brewer Auditorium
The Brewer Auditorium was built in 1939 as part of a public works project funded by the United States government. Over the years the Auditorium has been a major part of Brewer’s history hosting many events and welcoming political notables, as well as providing a venue for national and local musicians, sports events and dances. It is the site of an American Legion Post and the official voting place for Brewer. The Auditorium was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by Brewer Parks and Recreation Director Ken Hanscom.
22 609 South Main Street
Georgian Colonial C. 1770
Home of Colonel John Brewer. John Brewer was the founding father of Brewer. The house was in almost complete disrepair when it was purchased by Charles Milan IV. Mr. Milan spent nine months renovating the house and uncovering the basic construction. A 1770 British coin in the wall attest to the age of the building. The house has been redone to be an airtight modern home. The house was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner Charles Milan IV
23. Getchell Street
New England Farmhouse style with influences of Greek Revival transitioning to Queen Anne C.1895
This house was built by Lyman B. Pollard. Mr. Pollard was a Civil War soldier. After the war he was a grocer with a business at the end of Burr Street. The house was added to the Brewer Register of Historic places by owner Lois Simpson.
24. 1102 North Main Street
New England Farmhouse style with barn and El. Solid granite foundation. C. 1845
This classic New England Farmhouse was built be Aeneas Sinclair around 1845. He was a farmer. The house has been owned by four generations of Dunhams and Matsons. It was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner Rev. Dorothy Matson.
- Somerset Street
Federal style former Brewer High School and Brewer Middle School. It has been converted into affordable senior housing. The first high school class began in the fall of 1926
This building was completed in 1926 as the high school for Brewer. In 1967 it became Brewer Middle School when the new high school was built on Parkway South. In 1967 the building was vacated when the new Pre-K through 8th grade Brewer Community School was completed on Parkway South and Pendleton Street.. In 2011 the empty building was given to the Brewer Housing Authority and converted into affordable senior housing. The building remodeling was completed in 2011. It is now called Somerset Place and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by Gordon Stitham, Executive Director of the Brewer Housing Authority
- 45 Washington Street
Neo-Classic New England home C. 1862
This 2 storey house was built around 1862 by George Rider. Mr. Rider was a carpenter who specialized in Italianate buildings and cabinet making. He was known to be among the best. During his lifetime he was well liked and respected by all those who knew him. George Rider was an immediate neighbor of Joshua Chamberlain as his property extended at that time to Chamberlain Street. The house remained in the Rider family for four generations until 2015. The house was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places by owner Sherry Wheelden
- 57 Burr Street
New England style home 1879
This well maintained 3 storey New England style home was built in 1879 by Charles B. Carter. Mr. Carter was a carpenter. The house presently has an upstairs and downstairs apartment and contains nice interior architectural trim. The house was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic by owner Darlyne Giggey.
28 440 South Main Street
Bungalow Style (20th century) C. 1915
This rectory to St. Teresa’s Church was built around 1915. It is a nicely appointed house and was constructed when Rev. Mathew W. Reilly was appointed pastor in 1915. Rev Reilly constructed both the rectory and St. Teresa’s school during his period of service. The building has been converted into two affordable living units by the Brewer Housing Authority. The building was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places by the Executive Director of the Housing Authority, Gordon Stitham
29 Second Congregational Church
The Second Congregational Church has been in its present location since 1846. During the remodeling of the church, the chapel; which originally stood at the corner of Main and Cove Streets, was annexed to the main church building and became the vestry. The church was re-dedicated in 1906. The Second Congregational Church was placed on the Brewer Register of Historic Places with the support of Alan King.
- First Congregational Church
The First Congregational Church was the first church in Brewer. Services began an 1800 and included Brewer’s founding fathers, including Col. John Brewer. In 1889 the former church building was deemed inadequate, sawed in half, and moved across Main Street to be converted into apartments. The present church was dedicated in 1890 and is an important part of Brewer Landscape. In 2018 church services were suspended and the building sold. The First Congregational Church was added to the Brewer Register of Historic Places with the support of Brittany Goetting.