Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lancaster Block


The Lancaster Block, at 474 Congress Street is a real beauty in my eyes.

From the Portland Landmarks website...

Curvilinear terra cotta panels and rondels, features of the sculptural
Queen Anne style, enliven the well-ordered facade of this commercial building.
The original four stories were designed by the firm of Fassett and Stevens for
J. B. Brown in 1881. Brown was born in Lancaster, New Hampshire in 1805; hence
the name of the building.

The upper two stories, distinguished by the slightly lighter colored
brick and the Colonial Revival detail, were added before 1924. Additional
stories are fairly common on Congress Street buildings, the two on the Lancaster
Block blend unusually well with the original structure.



I'm a big fan of this terra cotta look. It adds a little extra to a city dominated by brick.