September 12, 2011

Genuinely noteworthy

Local designers decorate an unusual – for Portland – Tudor-style gem in the West End for the symphony's 2011 Show House fundraiser.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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The first-floor atrium flows off of the drawing room. A “Great Gatsby”-themed party at the home opened the show house fundraiser on Friday.

Photos by John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

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Built in 1920, the house is a two-story Tudor with a fieldstone facade. It’s set back from the Western Prom, yet stands out because Portland doesn’t have a lot of Tudors.

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WHEN: Now through Oct. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.

WHERE: 149 Western Promenade, Portland


INFO:;; 842-0800; 773-6128, Ext. 311


THE FOLLOWING TALKS at the show house are free with the purchase of a show house ticket. For more events scheduled throughout the month at the house, go to

Today, 2 to 3 p.m. -- Floral Design with James McBride and John McVeigh of Compositions

Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. -- A chance to meet the show house interior designers and learn how they developed their design solutions.

Friday, 3 to 4 p.m. -- Whole Foods cheese tasting, with cheese experts from Whole Foods on hand.

Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. -- Maureen Heffernan, executive director of Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay and author of "Native Plants for your Maine Garden," will sign books and give two talks, one on "showy" native plants and the second on fairy houses.

Sept. 18, 3 p.m. -- Dorothea Johnson, etiquette and protocol authority and founder of The Protocol School of Washington, will give a talk with tips and amusing stories about entertaining and dining in Washington, D.C.

Sept. 21, 4 to 8 p.m. -- Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will hold an antiques appraisal. There will be a two-item limit per ticket holder and a $5 charge per item at the event.

Most of the rooms in the home have similarly unique works or pieces of art.

One of the many events connected to the fundraiser was a "Great Gatsby"-themed party held on Friday, before the house opened for tours. Standing in the drawing room, which opens to an "atrium" sunroom, one can easily picture the "Gatsby" characters milling about.

Designers Debbie Kingry and James Light lightened the long room, but kept the slightly worn, dark-stained floor. They ordered an extra-long couch -- instead of using a sectional or more than one piece -- because it suited the room.

They also used a dining room table as a library table, with books and a chair, positioned in a giant bay window area. Sitting at the table, one can peer out at sunsets over the Western Prom.

In the event's program, Kingry and Light wrote that they wanted to capture "the relaxed sophistication" of a period drawing room as a place where guests are entertained and that is "characterized by light-hearted elegance."

"This is a house that shows how people lived in the 1920s," said Dench. "We were very fortunate to find such wonderful owners who would move out for two months and let us do this."

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The expansive master suite has a fireplace and a window seat.

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The first-floor drawing room.

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Former servant quarters.

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A second-floor bath.

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In the home’s grand foyer, a piece of art by Laura Fuller of Fuller Glass in Portland hangs in a window catching light. It’s stained glass imbedded with found objects, including antique bottles and a door lock and key, as well as the body of a violin.

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The interior design for this second-floor hallway was done by Vanessa Helmick of Fiore Interiors.

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