6 Winthrop Street

6 Winthrop Street, Atwood Foss House, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

6 Winthrop Street, Atwood Foss House, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

“Atwood Foss House,” the handpainted sign says on this noteworthy example of the gable-front Greek Revival style. John Atwood is said to have constructed this house out at Long Point around 1836, near a little bridge over the Lobster Plain. Once the structure was floated over to town, it served as the home of Benjamin Crocker, who had a dry and fancy goods shop at the turn of the 20th century. An instructive comparison is with 12 Winthrop, which is essentially the same house with less ornamental frou-frou. James Franklin Foss bought No. 6 in 1975. He also owns the nearby Watership Inn and the Gifford House Inn.


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