BRIDGTON – The Lt. Robert Andrews House has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, whose staff prepared the nomination.

The designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

The Andrews house is a center-chimney Federal-style home, sandwiched in a century of additions, in South Bridgton.

Built by one of the most influential and benevolent men to live in the town during the late-18th and early 19th century, Andrews is remembered for his lifelong dedication to military, philanthropic and civic service in his community.

Twenty-five years after settling in town, Andrews built a large home on his land across from Adams Pond. The imposing, but restrained structure was constructed by another South Bridgton resident, John Kilborn Jr., and the details of the building contract are recorded in the “Articles of Agreement,” which still exists.

The contents of the document, of which few survive in Maine, helps to identify Kilborn as the builder of several other extant buildings in the area, and also provides a lens through which to study early 19th century building practices.

The Andrews house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with a man who politically and socially was important in the early years of Bridgton’s history, and as the first documented commission by Kilborn.

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