PORTLAND – The Leonard Bond Chapman House is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a Greater Portland Landmarks property, and in 1979, hosted the Portland Symphony’s first Designer Show House.

Built shortly after the Civil War, when Deering was a city separate from Portland, the home with its distinctive crowned tower sits behind a circular drive on high ground that once overlooked extensive acreage owned by Chapman, a prosperous nurseryman and a local historian of note.

The three-story, 3,848-square-foot Second Empire Victorian has clearly been fortunate in its preservation-minded owners. Stunning, period features are everywhere beneath these 10-foot, 6-inch ceilings. To name but a few: Original hardware and ceiling medallions; paneled, walnut wainscoting and massive, arched front door (note its lion’s head knocker); crown moldings, textured walls, gorgeous mantels (one hand-painted); and a marvelous, mahogany spiral staircase.

In recent years the present seller has carried out a thorough, sensitive restoration, as well as systems updates and upgrades to suit contemporary tastes and comforts. The kitchen, for example, has radiant heat (as do full baths on the first and second floors); honed granite counters, Brazilian cherry cabinetry, and stainless appliances including a Viking Professional gas range.

There are two outbuildings: A charming, heated “spring house” that also sports a mansard roof, and makes a perfect home office; and a three-level carriage house that provides vehicle storage and could readily be converted to additional living space, whether as a guest/in-law suite, or to expand offerings should the property become a bed-and-breakfast. (It could also become a two-family.)

The home at 90 Capisic St., Portland, is listed for sale at $799,000 by Micheal Sweatt of Keller Williams Realty. Annual taxes are $9,746 (2016).

For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please contact Michael at 831-3791 or at [email protected]; and visit www.90CapisicStreet.info.


The Home of the Week is produced by the Marketing Department of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Photos by Chad Latham, www.listingtunnel.com.

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