To Cherish and Not Destroy
Purchased in 1942 by Eliot Elisofon, this lovely 1843 Greek revival house is located in beautiful Vinalhaven, Maine. The house is being used by his daughter, Elin, who makes sure that it is well kept and preserved to this day. It has become a summer home for the family with its pitched roof, a central chimney that boasts three fireplaces, a curved staircase and multiple smaller supplementary rooms. The character of the house is exhibited through personal touches of furnishings, such as early American wood pieces, white-framed French furniture, blue-and-white willow plates, a collection of folk art objects, and a variety of multicolored quilts and patterned wallpaper. Beside the house is the guesthouse – featured here on page 3 – that has been renovated by architect, Denise A. Hall and island builders, Mike Bunker Jr. and Dave Moyer III. So without further ado, take a look at these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
The house is now principally occupied by Elin, who makes, among other things, multimedia assemblages out of natural materials. She is also a realtor whose priority is preservation. Her hope is that the island’s vernacular architecture, historic land uses, and wildlife habitats will be maintained. She encourages residents to “cherish and not destroy” what’s on the island. When she sells a house, it is with the hope that the buyers will not raze and rebuild. She also wants those already on the island to be able to stay. To that end, she is the president of Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, which helps achieve this goal through assisted living facilities and resources for aging in place.
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