Francis H Fassett

  • American

Francis H Fassett was born in Bath in 1823. He was apprenticed in the carpenter's trade and later studied architecture in Boston and New York offices. He began his own practice in 1850 in Bath. In 1864 he moved his practise and residence to Portland. He expanded his knowledge through visits to Europe to study the great architectural monuments across the ocean.

His works included rebuilding the city of Augusta and portions of Portland after disastrous fires in the years 1862 and 1866, respectively. Some of his famous buildings are the Maine General Hospital; Baxter Memorial Block in Portland; the Portland Public Library to which he donated his services as a gift to the people of Portland; and the church of the Sacred Heart. He was active in public affairs, and a member of the Fraternity Club in Portland and president of the Cumberland Club. His architectural designs showed his acquaintence with the major styles of the day. He devoted himself largely to the Queen Anne and Romanesque revivals based on European models and his office became a learning center for young architects from the city and much of the state. John Calvin Stevens, Maine's most famous architect began his studies with Fassett. In the later years of his career Fassett entered into a partnership with Frederick Thompson. Fassett died in 1908. - NRHP, 7 November 1976

Notable Position Organization From To
Partner Fassett and Stevens of Portland
Partner F H Fassett and Son
Partner Francis Fassett architects
Partner Fassett and Tompson 1886 1890



Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect Lancaster Block Portland, ME
Architect E B Mallett Office Building Freeport
Architect Williston-West Church and Parish House Portland, ME
Architect Kent's Hill School Historic District Readfield
Architect South Parish Congregational Church and Parish House Augusta, ME
Architect Whitehouse Block Augusta, ME
Architect South Bridgton Congregational Church Bridgton
Architect Maine Insane Hospital (Boundary Increase) Augusta, ME
Architect Eighth Maine Regiment Memorial Peaks Island
Architect Rivercroft Farm Fryeburg
Architect Pythian Opera House Boothbay Harbor
1850/00/00 Francis Fassett begins his the practice of his profession in Bath, Maine. He will gradually extend his operations up the Kennebec River to Augusta. Architect Bath Historic District Bath, ME
1862/02/24 After the Great Augusta Fire of 1862, Francis H Fassett practically rebuilds the city. Architect Augusta, ME Maine
1875/00/00 Meetinghouse is rededicated after extensive renovations and additions are made by Francis H Fassett. The work entailed remodeling the pews which resulted in their being made free of charge. Of the original interior, only the 3 sided balcony remains. Architect First Baptist Church, Waterville Waterville, ME
1885/00/00 The County Commissioners engage Portland architect Francis H Fassett to draw up plans for a new County Jail. Architect Hancock County Jail Ellsworth, ME
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