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The John Bray House

Kittery Point, Maine.

The Bray House is a historic house at 100 Pepperell Road in Kittery Point, Maine, United States. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state. Long thought to be a 17th-century structure, the architectural evidence indicates that standing home was probably not built before 1710-1720.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Simon Jacobsen proposed to the owners that the additions that clumsily abutted the original Bray House be removed or relocated and a new compound of pavilions be added to meet the owners requirements. 

The connecting buildings were added in the years 1885, 1921, 1935 and 1950 and were not considered architecturally significant to the history of the estate. (The 1885 house was relocated to the site in the 1950's and was in too poor a condition at the time to be saved. Those funds were directed at the massive effort to save, stabilize and revitalize the original Bray house.)

 

The rendering by Jacobsen Architecture shows the collection of pavilions surrounding the  newly isolated Bray House. The design intent shows the architect's motivation to under-power the other buildings that surround the old house by making them shorter and smaller in stature so as not to tower over the the older manse.