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SOLD! James O. Crooker House

20 Deering Street Norway, Maine 04268
SOLD! James O. Crooker House



Located at 20 Deering Street in Norway, the James O. Crooker House stands as a well-preserved example of late vernacular Greek Revival style. James O. Crooker, a noted tinsmith and hardware dealer, built the house about 1865. In 1864, he purchased a hardware business on Maine Street from Thomas Higgins. Shortly thereafter, he built a brick hardware store in its place, similar in style to his home. The house is within the Norway Historic District, and it is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


The Crooker House sits on approximately .33 acres of land on Deering Street in Norway, Maine. The house retains many original features and decorative elements such as its Doric pilasters and entablatures which frame both the house and the main entry, and the corner block trim that decorates the interior window and door frames. The house is two-and-a-half stories tall, three bays in width, and has a gable roof facing the street. It is wood frame construction with clapboard siding and has double-hung sash windows with six-over-six lights. The front door is surrounded by four sidelight panes on either side, and is located in the right bay of the façade, with the stair hall behind. The interior of the home contains decorative trim and molding, a detailed stair, and wood floors. Decorative painted tin adorns the ceiling in the living room and parlor, likely a legacy of the builder’s profession. The structure comprises the house, an ell, and a two-story attached barn with a gabled roof that contains a circular window and faces the street. The house sits atop a partial, unfinished basement, and it has a metal roof, wooden fence, and a paved driveway.

The house is located in the historic Norway Downtown less than one block from the bustling Main Street, which is characterized by unique, locally owned shops, restaurants, and other businesses and organizations housed in architecturally significant buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. This scenic village of about 5,000 residents is a Maine Downtown Network community and has been in this program since 2002 in honor of its character and historic assets. For more information on the town of Norway, please visit their website here.  The house is located within minutes of Pennesseewassee Lake, only 30 minutes from Sunday River Ski Resort, 1 hour from the White Mountain National Forest, 30 minutes from Lewiston, home of Bates College, and 1 hour from Portland, the state’s largest city.

Maine Preservation offers this property through its Protect & Sell Program, with a preservation easement and rehabilitation agreement.  The property is restricted to single family occupancy.  Maine Preservation has conducted a site inspection and has rehab estimates available.


Additional Details

Bedrooms: 5+

Bathrooms: 1.5

Property Type: House

Location Details: Historic Norway Downtown

Notes: ca. 1865 Greek Revival


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