On the Market: A Former Pump House in Maine
181 Diamond Avenue, Great Diamond Island, Portland, Maine
Size: 3,665 square feet
Another revamped military building is on the market up north, but this time it’s not a gothic bunker. This unique structure is a former pump house for Fort McKinley on Portland’s Great Diamond Island. Built in 1850, the pump house would have housed water pumps not found in the nearby well houses, preventing them from freezing. Today, the building is a charming four-bedroom abode.
Inside, a grand living room boasts exquisite exposed brick, anchored by a grand fireplace and hearth. Original sliding barn doors open to the entryway and kitchen, and a reproduction tin ceiling tops off the room. Upstairs, two bedrooms come with their own full bathrooms. The chimney stack and well houses still stand outside the former coastal defense, and a charming patio set sits atop the well cover. There’s also parking for a golf cart, since the small Maine island is mostly vehicle-free.
For information, contact David Banks, RE/MAX By the Bay, davidbanksteam.com.
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