109 Danforth Street
Portland, Maine 04101
https://victoriamansion.org/about/ (Very interesting short video.)
(About my visit is at the end of this post.)
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Morse hired Gustav Herter, a German-trained cabinetmaker and interior designer to decorate his summer retreat. Herter was one of the most influential designers in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century. Today, Victoria Mansion is the only Herter commission that survives intact. Richly gilded surfaces, intricate plaster work, enormous mirrors, and sumptuous fabrics combined to create lavish spaces of a palatial scale.
Looking out the front door.
The first room on the right after you enter the house is the Reception Room. This is an extremely beautiful room, but hidden by Christmas decorations.
The dining room, 5 photos.
The Library filled with toys. Check out the ceiling below.
"This may be the earliest smoking room that survives in an American residence."
The Red Bedroom, below.
I love the double washstand in the bedroom!
Sitting Room for the ladies on the 2nd floor.
The Green Bedroom.
My husband and I visited the Victorian Mansion on December 10, 2018. We were there about 11 and there were very few visitors. I understand the weekends and nearer to Christmas get quite crowded. We loved the self-guided tour, and chatting with guides nearby. There is a nice gift shop. On street parking is very limited, so go early or park in a garage nearby. I was told that every year, the theme changes, so you never see the same thing twice.