Wednesday May 30, 2012 | 09:52 PM

Deep in the West End this evening, more than 150 guests gathered for the annual Greater Portland Landmarks Historic House Gala at the colonial revival home of Kathy and Bob Whelan, seen above making a few remarks during the party. Behind them you can see Hilary Bassett, executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks, and State Historian Earle Shettleworth, Jr., who both spoke at the event. The house you can see in the background is actually the neighboring home.

But if you were to look to the left you'd see this view of the back side of the Whelan home, where guests mingled during the party and enjoyed martinis and 1950s-themed appetizers. Both inside and out, the home has been carefully and thoughtfully renovated, allowing it to retain its historic charm and character while accommodating the needs of a new era.

All the home's spaces are fabulous and the kitchen was no exception. Here Courtney Loreg of Aurora Provisions plates bite-sized deviled eggs in the modernized room.

If you want to read more about the house and the well-known families who have lived there, be sure to pick up the June 3 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. I'll have more details - and photos - in the Scene & Heard section.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.


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