Believe to have been built circa 1850 by local businessman Rufus Gibbs, the home has been a unique fixture on Highland Lake over the past 160+ years. This aerial view of Bridgton from 1888 shows the house (upper right corner) in it’s original form on Water Street (now Highland Road). The appearance has changed very little since it was built.
Although very old, it has been home to only a handful of families, most notably the Hawkins family during the mid 1900’s and Hamilton Family from the 60’s thru 2011. Below are pictures of the house when purchased by the present owners in 2011.
Renovations took place from February-August 2012. Given its proximity to the water, the site posed design challenges and the original footprint was used. Designed by New York architect Brett Masterson and constructed by local builder Phil Douglass, many materials were salvaged including flooring, doors and original hardware. Additional salvaged materials including barn board, the fireplace mantle and stained glass were added. Maple flooring found throughout the house came from the Pepperell Mill in Saco Maine. Every room is unique and takes advantage of the amazing views and local scenery.