Harrriet Beecher Stowe House
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In 1962, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at 59 Federal Street was recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The Stowes resided at this house during the years 1850-1852, when the author's husband, Calvin Stowe, Bowdoin Class of 1824, was a Bowdoin faculty member; and it was while living in this house that Mrs. Stowe wrote the literary classic, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her husband was a professor of Natural and Revealed Religion at Bowdoin. The house is located approximately one block from the main campus and is also part of the Federal Street Historic District. Currently, the house is owned by the College and used, in part, for student housing.
Samuel Melcher built the Stowe House, a two-and-a-half story gable-roof type, for the Reverend Benjamin Titcomb. The house has been added to and expanded over the 19th and 20th centuries and is in poor condition. Bowdoin College would like to see a more appropriate use for the building, which would also allow the public to gain access to this important historic resource.
Anderson, Patricia McGraw. The Architecture of Bowdoin College. Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1988.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House [Bowdoin College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1966.
Shettleworth, Earle G., Jr., and Frank A. Beard. Federal Street Historic District [including Bowdoin College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1976.
Shipman, William D. The Early Architecture of Bowdoin College and Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, ME: J. H. French and Son, 1985.