IN EUROPE, a building of 166 years is only moderately aged. In America, it just about qualifies as an antiquity.
The Rollins family were among the original settlers of Rockport, Maine, acquiring their property through land grants. It was this family that in 1855 built the first of the two houses that together became our home.
In 1898, the Chatfield family of Cincinnati acquired most of Rockport’s Beauchamp Peninsula. This included Aldermere Farms, now host to a famous Belted Galloway cattle herd, the golf course of the Megunticook Club, and the houses that are now our home, which is unique in my experience in that it began life as two entirely separate residences.
In 1928, the redoubtable Mrs. Helen Chatfield rebuilt two modest homes, sitting side by side on a bluff overlooking the fairways of the Megunticook Club, into a much larger single residence. It appears that this was done to create a guesthouse to handle the overflow of her many summertime visitors. Her architect incorporated the 1920s’ most up-to-date innovations. With the reconstruction it quickly became known as “Twin Gables,” referring to the new doubling of peaked roofs at both ends of the now-more-imposing structure. It was again modernized in 2001 and finally by ourselves in 2019–21.
Fortunately, all of those responsible for the adaptations seem to have shared a respect for the architectural lineage that has allowed the home to retain the feeling of a classic New England home. This is found not only in the larger architectural elements but in details of the cabinetry and older kitchen and bath fittings now integrated into fully modern functions.
So, now it’s a stately old home of solid lathe-and-plaster walls, enameled cast-iron sinks, with multi-zone Wi-Fi and central air. I wonder, in the decades to come, when it’s again time, how the next update will be handled. I would bet the owners won’t escape their destiny, and Twin Gables will keep its charm.
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4 Full Baths
1 Partial Bath
Interior: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Exterior: .44 Acres
Year Built: 1855
Michael Kevin Lynch, broker, SVP, 207-558-3131 email@example.com