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About The Danforth
Within the grand brick walls of The Danforth, our Portland, Maine bed and breakfast, guests will find 9 distinctive and stylish guest rooms, each punctuated by a superb collection of art scattered throughout the halls and walls. Gracious common spaces and lush enclosed private gardens provide ample space for relaxing or entertaining friends and family. See the sun rise over the city and harbor from the cupola or enjoy sundown as it sets the sky ablaze over our historic Spring Street district. The best of Portland lies just outside the door of our Portland, Maine bed and breakfast, from the cobblestone streets of the Old Port to the eclectic arts district, wide variety of shops, bustling seaport, world-class restaurants, and lively cafés and coffeehouses.
History of Our Portland Maine Bed and Breakfast
The Danforth has lived many lives since the first cornerstone was laid in 1823. When the wife of the original owner, Joseph Holt Ingraham, inherited a fortune from a distant Russian uncle, the couple used the sum to build this magnificent Federal style mansion in Portland's West End. The neighborhood was home to many wealthy merchants and their stately homes, and The Danforth fit right in. However, it also stood out due to a unique architectural feature—a cupola, Italian for little cup, on the roof. The Danforth's cupola features built-in benches and provides a panoramic view over Portland's bustling harbor.
Following Mr. Holt's untimely passing, the home was sold to the Thomas family, a clan with deep Maine roots. They hired John Calvin Stevens, noted Colonial Revival architect, to design guest quarters and make the home suitable for entertaining on a lavish scale. Their gatherings included so many notables that the block became known as Social Corners. Making the transition from high society to academia, The Danforth became the original location of the private Waynflete School in 1897 before being sold to the Episcopal Diocese in 1941 for $10,000. It operated as a rectory and church office until 1993, when it was transformed into an inn. Today, our Portland Maine inn is full of modern style and old world glamour for guests that come from far and wide to experience our city.