|The Emerson house in York village, dating to the early 18th century, site of the Decorator’s show house,.|
Fifteen miles further up 95, edging toward the Maine toll booth, I cracked, and veered off highway at the York exit and headed for the ocean. In York Village, a lovely history proud town founded a few seconds after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, I was momentarily distracted by the Olde York Decorator’s show house, held an 18th century house in York Village. Ever mindful of my readership, I intended to take photographs for the blog, but was firmly (but pleasantly) told that I might not do so. As with most decorator show houses, the mix was evenly balanced between very good and very bad. Most compelling to me was not the decor, but an 18th century painted floor treatment that had survived through 200 years of family ownership.
At 7:30 PM, the light was still strong, the temperatures still in the mid-90’s, and the beach was as busy as it were 2:30 in the afternoon
As at Newport, a public cliff walk separates grand old summer cottages from their ocean frontage.
|The principal club, The Reading Room, is in an English picturesque style building, designed by James Purdon in 1905, splendidly located on the cliffs overlooking the harbor.|
|As at Newport, a public cliff walk separates summer cottages from their ocean frontage. Beyond the reading room, this buttressed wall with its corner turret supports the terraces of the house.above|
|Do not be deceived by these photographs. The breeze that evening was not the cool salt tinged ocean breeze one expects, but rather a solid wall of heat from North Africa|
|The rambling white house is Milbury Meadow, designed by John Russell Pope in a non-classical mood for Harold C. Richard in 1926. According to John Harris in Moving Rooms, the house contained a 17th century oak paneled drawing room imported from England, since destroyed when fire gutted the interior.|
|A classic, and almost archetypal Maine cottage, this superb example has escaped the insensitive modernization and ‘upgrade’ fever that has infected so many.|
|The very English Episcopal chapel was designed in 1906 by Henry J. Hardenburgh, best known as the architect of the Plaza Hotel. A bench in its lovely sunken garden invites contemplation—of the portapotty at the opposite side of the garden.|
For another view of York Harbor, I recommend this post from one of my favorite blogs, Streets of Salem.