Victoria Mansion

109 Danforth St.
Portland, ME 04101- Map It
(207) 772-4841

AAA Editor Notes

Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St. between State and High sts., is a stunning Italianate-style house designed by distinguished New Haven architect Henry Austin. Built 1858-60 as an opulent summer home for hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse and his wife, the brownstone mansion boasts a four-story tower, several porches and such conveniences as running water, a gas lighting system and central heating. An extensive collection of furniture by interior designer Gustave Herter complements the original painted trompe l'oeil walls and ceilings. Elaborate wood carvings and drapery; carpets; glassware; porcelain; and silver are some of the other treasures within. A whopping 90 percent of the home's original furnishings have been preserved. The Turkish smoking room (believed to have been the first smoking room incorporated into a private American residence), the billiard room and the master bedroom's attached washroom are frills characteristic of mid-19th-century luxury hotels. Also noteworthy are the spectacular displays of stained glass, including the three-story stair hall's dazzling 6-by-25-foot skylight. From late November to early January holiday festivities showcase the house in Christmas splendor. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$15; $13.50 (ages 62+); $5 (ages 6-17); $35 (family, two adults and up to five children in same household).
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-5, May-Oct. Additional hours are available day after Thanksgiving-first Sun. in Jan.; phone ahead to confirm schedule. Last tour begins 15 minutes before closing. Closed Jan. 1, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day and Christmas.