The Benjamin S. Doe House was built around 1870. It is Second Empire style and is the only mansard roof home in the National Historic District of Paris Hill. According to the book “Portrait of Paris Hill” by Martin Dibner, “As a symbol of high European fashion, the Doe House marked the climax of Paris Hill’s architectural development” because after this time most “new” construction would take place in the town of South Paris below.
The Doe House is nestled on Hannibal Hamlin Drive amidst other historic structures, including the Hannibal Hamlin House, birthplace of Lincoln’s first vice president and the First Baptist Church of Paris which boasts a Paul Revere Foundry bell in its tower. It is one of the most desirable locations in the National Historic District and also one that includes a westerly view of the White Mountains and Mount Washington.
Let’s take a visual tour of the Doe House. Be sure to click through each slide show by using the arrows at the bottom of each set of pictures.
Exterior and Grounds
White Mountain, Mahoosuc Range, and Historic Village Views
Tasteful and Move-In-Ready Interior
The Great Room
The Doe House great room offers so many living options. Configured in the photo it comprises an ample living and dining area, however a more separate dining nook is possible also in the area of the curved wall and built in china cabinet. A working wood fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to the room, with bright sunny windows contributing to a cheerful atmosphere. This is the first room your guests will see upon entering the front door.
The Family Room
The family room was added to the Doe House by its current owners to both expand the living space and to take advantage of the spectacular westerly views. It is a very comfortable and inviting space with its own wood burning stove to provide a cozy and efficient additional heating source.
The Kitchen & Laundry Room
Love to cook in a clean, simple space where you can also enjoy a live fireplace? This kitchen is for you. Ceran cook top, wall oven, generous shelf and cabinet space, light filled window over the sink, and a convenient bath/laundry area adjacent as well.
The Master Suite
This area was also added by the current owners to provide a spacious, bright, fully handicapped accessible private retreat. A propane fireplace provides beauty plus functional heat. This room also looks out over the mountain views and catches the breathtaking sunsets. Well designed and easy to access, this master bedroom and bath can remain in its current use for first floor convenience, or become additional living space.
Ready to go upstairs?
Second Floor Bedrooms
There are two bedrooms on the second floor of the Doe House and could be used as bedrooms or as perhaps guest/office space as well.
Second Floor Bath
The second floor bath has a vintage charm. This is where the full tub/shower is along with overhead shelving above. A linen closet is just outside in the hallway.
One more level. On to the third floor.
Fourth Bedroom/Family Space/Home Office Space
Perhaps the most versatile and private space in the house, the open third floor with recessed windows and built in bench storage has so many potential uses. Easy care knotty pine, windows on all sides, large open space.
We hope you have enjoyed this visual tour of the historic Doe House. For more information visit the additional page tabs on this site or call Mary Colangelo at Maine Showroom Realty: 207-890-6916/207-657-2700. Showings can be arranged at your convenience.