Tate House Museum and COVID 19
Due to safety concerns associated with COVID-19, the Tate House and Means House visitors center are currently closed to the general public. We are hoping to open again sometime in 2021. Details coming soon.
Tate House Museum in partnership with Stroudwater Neighborhood Association presents…Historic Houses for Contemporary Lives
A Zoom Lecture by Architectural Historian Scott T. Hanson
Thursday May 13 at 6:00 PM
Scott T. Hanson is an author, architectural historian, and preservation consultant. He grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, before settling on the Maine coast and beginning his career in preservation.
Scott’s most recent book, Restoring Your Historic House, was released in December 2019 and won the 2020 Excellence in Publishing award from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He will have book order information at the lecture.
Cost is $5 for members of Tate House Museum (THM) and Stroudwater Neighborhood Association (SNA) and $10 for the general public. To purchase tickets go to the DONATE button below and select $5 or $10 and enter your credit card information. Please leave a comment indicating whether you are a member of THM or SNA. A Zoom link will be sent to your email address the day before the lecture (May 12).
Thank you to our sponsor!
Tate House Museum campus improvements began in 2005 with research of existing environmental conditions and by addressing the restoration priorities at Tate House, completed in 2016. The Means House restoration is the last major phase of the exterior capital improvements outlined in the 2014 CAP Report. Completion is expected in 2021.
Current campus improvements address the restoration of James Means House (built 1797), the Museum’s headquarters. A new cedar roof, masonry assessments, energy upgrades, and exterior painting and repairs will help increase the Museum’s sustainability and improve its historical accuracy within the Stroudwater Historic District, Portland’s finest colonial and federal neighborhood.
With the completion in 2016 of Tate House drainage and other exterior improvements, efforts now focus on implementing CAP recommendations to secure the Means House building envelope, increase building stability, and improve energy efficiency and historical accuracy. The preservation of these historic structures contributes to the continued success of the Tate House Museum. The Means restoration addresses exterior roofing, masonry repairs, painting, and a heating upgrade.
Les Fossel’s Restoration Resources has re-roofed the Means House with historically accurate yellow cedar shakes, having removed worn and inappropriate asphalt shingles. A new crown molding and crickets around the four chimneys will help secure the building envelope.
Building Conservation Associates have conducted a scientific paint analysis to determine the historic exterior color. Clarke Painting has completed the exterior painting (clapboards, trim, doors, and frames for 33 windows), including carpentry repairs, where needed; windows sashes repaired and repainted.
Tate House Museum Campus
Phase 1: Roof upgrade and replacement started in 2018 and was completed in 2019.
Phase 2: Exterior paint analysis, painting clapboards, trim, doors and windows, carpentry repairs, completed in 2019 with Davis Family Foundation support.
Phase 3: Install new gas-fired boiler, ductwork, and venting, completed by 2019.
Phase 4: Richard Irons Restoration Mason to rebuild the four brick chimneys from the roofline, retaining their original size and configuration completed by 2021.
HOUSE DRAINAGE, SITE, CLIMATE IMPROVEMENTS 2014-2016
are made possible thanks to the generous support of:
The Davis Family Foundation
National Park Service and Maine Historic Preservation Commission
Belvedere Fund Historic Preservation Grants Program of the
Maine Community Foundation in cooperation with the
Maine TATE Historic Preservation Commission
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Maine
Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
David W. Bradley Preservation Fund of Tate House Museum
Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust
The P. W. Sprague Memorial Foundation & an Anonymous Donor
A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK,
THE GEORGE TATE HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1755.