Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 by Steve Gomez
Keith Trembley Builder, Inc. helped to save and restore the Captain Phineas house, which was deemed by some as unrepairable. It was destroyed by a severe fire on December 11, 2002. Two noted sea captains once called this historic place home.
Against the odds, and after seven months of incredibly hard work, research, and commitment to historic preservation, the building was saved. Tireless efforts by owners Mark and Linda Bradstreet, along with their talented construction team, resulted in a successful rescue of one of Searsport's most beloved local landmarks.
Keith Trembley Builder, Inc. managed the restoration and repair work. Master paperhanger Hans Plessner restored the antique wallpaper, and Barry Crawford of Colonial Plastering was in charge of all plaster restoration. Floors, windows, shutters, moldings, doors, siding -- even the slate roof -- was repaired or restored with careful attention to detail.
The rehabilitation and restoration of the 1860 Captain Phineas Griffin House in Searsport, ME is an amazing example of teamwork and dedication at its finest. So many people came together to make it happen, and instead of listening to those who said "tear it down", the owners listened to their own hearts and did the right thing.
Less than one year from the date of that fire, the Bradstreet's opened the doors of the Captain Griffin House to the Searsport Historical Society, for a meeting and tour.
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