Portland’s Historic McLellan House and Museum Of Art

A favorite activity while visiting Portland, Maine, recently was a visit to the historic McLellan House and the Portland Museum of Art.  The McLellan house was built in 1800-01 for the founder of Maine’s first bank and first insurance company.  Major Hugh McLellan, also the owner of Maine’s largest shipping fleet, built the house during what was Portland’s “golden age”…

McLelland House

 The house would see two other owners and be deeded to the Portland Society of Art in 1908 after the death of its last occupant, Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat.  Mrs. Sweat’s wishes were for the house to be preserved as a home representative of the 19th century.  She also left funds for construction of an adjoining art gallery.  The house and what is now the Portland Museum of Art are connected through the back door of the house…

McLellan House

A wonderful example of Federal architecture,  the house has been decorated to its construction date of 1801.  Rather than recreating furnished rooms the decision has been made to focus on the wall and floor coverings with modern furnishings allowing for accessibility of the spaces for a wide range of educational and social functions.

Entrance hall and staircase…

McLelland House

McLellan House

McLellan House

the view in the McLellan’s time would have been a harbor vista…

McLellan House

front parlor…

McLellan House

McLellan House

A dining room was a new element of the period and would only have been found in the most luxurious of homes…

McLellan House

McLellan House

beautiful architectural details…

McLellan House

McLellan House

two upstairs bedchambers furnished as reading rooms…

McLellen House

McLellan House

The Museum’s collection is extensive and includes works from Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth to John Singer Sergeant.  European Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by artists such as Monet, Degas, Picasso and Renoir among many others.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend that you enter and enjoy…

Portland Museum of Art

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Comments

  1. How wonderful that the home has not only kept its integrity but also that it is being used as more than a museum. Once again, Marsha, thanks for sharing.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Yes I love the unique way they share the home as more than a museum, it is quite beautiful and I can picture beautiful events being held there.