AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Historical Society received a $15,000 grant in early July from the Windover Foundation, of Boston, to help pay for repainting the society’s headquarters, the Henry Weld Fuller Jr. House, at 107 Winthrop St., according to a news release from the society.

The society plans to restore the historic, brick-faced, 13-room Greek Revival building, which Fuller built in the 1830s, to its appearance in the late 19th century, as closely as that can be determined. The project first calls for an analysis of the covered layers of paint already on the building, after which the repainting will begin.

The building’s current paint scheme, which is peeling badly is some places, is completely of an ivory hue, except for tan on the granite windowsills and lintels facing Winthrop Street, and dark red on the porch, as well as on the staircase leading to the North Chestnut Street entrance, according to the release. The new paint scheme will offer more sharply contrasting colors, which photographs show also was the case in the late 1800s. The windowsills and lintels will be left bare, exposing the granite.

The society hopes to finish the repainting by this fall.

The repainting is part of a larger ongoing effort to revive the building’s Gilded Age look. A few years ago, the society’s Building and Grounds Committee and its House Committee organized the restoration of the house’s double parlor and reading room, both on the first floor. In 2015, the committees arranged for the period reconstruction of the deteriorating front porch.

Pending additional restoration work includes the addition of shutters and alteration of exterior window presentation. The society plans to complete all of the restoration work by the summer of 2017, according to the release.


The society bought and partially renovated the Fuller house in 2007 with the proceeds of a major capital campaign. It occupied the building in 2008.

The Kennebec Historical Society, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and dissemination of historical data about all of Kennebec County’s 30 municipalities. As part of the fulfillment of its mission, the society presents free monthly historical lectures that are open to the public, usually in Augusta but sometimes in other communities.

KHS has about 440 members, mostly in Kennebec County. Some of the rest are scattered across the United States and Canada.

For more information, call 622-7718 or email [email protected].

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