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After completing the earlier years of his illustrious artistic career elsewhere, Winslow Homer came to settle on the coast of Maine in 1884 on some land adjacent to his father’s summer home at Prout’s Neck in Scarborough, Maine. The famous landscape painter relocated his father’s carriage house about 150 feet along the coast and retained architect John Calvin Stevens to modify the former stables into his studio and residence. Until his death in 1910, the hardy artist spent the majority of each year, when he wasn’t painting in the Adirondacks or Bahamas, working and living on the rugged shoreline. This inspirational location gave rise to his most famous seascapes depicting the difficult lives of Maine’s fishermen and their families.


The Portland Museum of Art purchased Winslow Homer’s Studio in January of 2006 and retained Mills Whitaker Architects in early 2007 to begin planning the restoration of this remarkable and nationally significant historic property. The restoration will unravel modern alterations to the building and restore the structure to the time of Homer’s life, recreating the dwelling and studio of one of America’s most remarkable painters. The facility will be used for an artist/scholar-inresidence program, for special events hosted by the Museum Director and for high school art classes.

 

WINSLOW HOMER STUDIO, PROUTS NECK, MAINE

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Preservation


Scope of Work

Research and Development, Design and Construction Documents, Construction Administration


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