Gingerbread House in Norway, Maine Saved

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Picture of the GingerBread House in Norway Maine

Source: Downtown Norway Maine

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news when it comes to saving Northern New England’s historic architecture.  The Sun Journal reports that the Gingerbread house in Norway, Maine has nearly completed its relocation, thus saving the building from demolition (ironically by the real estate holding company affiliated with the Sun Journal).  From the story:

The foundation for the Gingerbread House has been poured and set.

The historic building is expected to be lowered onto the foundation within the next few weeks . . .

The historic building was moved up Main Street 950 feet to its new location by Butters Park at the western entrance to the National Historic downtown district in June . . .

Originally known as the Evans-Cummings House, the Gingerbread House and its octagonal tower has graced the entrance to Norway from the north since 1851.

The house’s builder was Richard Evans, who was considered an important contractor who also built the Nash house on Pleasant Street in Norway and the passenger railroad station at South Paris . . .

While the work continues on the building, Friends of the Gingerbread House also continue to raise money to keep that effort going.

Donations may be sent to Friends of the Gingerbread House, P.O. Box 525, Norway, ME 04268.

Here is a comprehensive history of the Gingerbread House (pdf) via Downtown Norway Maine.

Perhaps this could be an option to save the two historic homes in Lancaster, New Hampshire that we recently reported are facing demolition.  In fact, there is a vacant lot right just down the road right smack in downtown Lancaster that would be perfect for at least one of the homes–56-58 Main Street.

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