Samuel Trask Block

393-395 Spring Street, Portland  |  2014 Preservation Award Winner

The Issue

Built in 1887, the Samuel Trask Block at 393-395 Spring Street was designed by Francis H. Fassett and Frederick A. Thompson. The two-and-a-half story house is Queen Anne in style with brick, wood, stone, and terra cotta details. The building is located in Portland’s Spring Street National Register Historic District. A lack of practical everyday access to the townhouse at 395 Spring Street from the rear parking area led to a new construction project and exterior improvements. 

Our Position

New construction on this home included the addition of a porch and mudroom, filling in a sunken garden, and a new level parking area.  The design solution transformed a confusing and inaccessible point of entry into a welcoming façade. The details of the historic house were not copied in the new construction.  They were simplified while recognizing and maintaining the grand scale of the original house and they are distinct from the original. The project combines landscaping and architecture, replacing a forbidding barrier with a perforated lattice that creates a welcoming interchange between the public sidewalk and the private yard and makes landscaping an integral part of the overall design.

Greater Portland Landmarks awarded the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and the City of Portland a 2014 Preservation Honor Award to celebrate their herculean effort to preserve this unique element of Portland’s municipal and musical heritage.


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