Samuel P. Grindle House, 13 School Street, Castine, Hancock County, ME
Significance: The Samuel P. Grindle House is significant as a mid nineteenth-century, Greek Revival, domestic structure contributing to the cultural landscape of the Town Common in the coastal village of Castine, Maine. Established in 1817, the Town Common is surrounded by ten buildings including the First Parish (Unitarian) Church (1790), Abbott School (1859), Whitney House (1814), J.S. Gardner House (1817), Adams School (ca. 1853), Rev. A.E. Ives House (1840) – once the home of poet Robert Lowell, the Witherle Library (1913), Doty Little House (1802), and the aforementioned Samuel P. Grindle House (ca. 1850).
The Greek Revival style remained popular in Maine into the 1860s, a decade later than most other parts of the country. In Maine, the Greek Revival most often found vernacular expression in simple five bay houses, like the Grindle House, with corner pilasters rather than the temple form which was featured in illustrated pattern books of the day.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1576
Survey number: HABS ME-229
Building/structure dates: ca. 1850 Initial Construction