Abyssinian Meetinghouse, photo by Troy R. Bennet for the Bangor Daily News

Abyssinian Meetinghouse listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Properties

Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced it’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Properties.  The Abyssinian Meetinghouse had the dubious distinction of making it on the list.  Inclusion on the list indicates the importance of the third-oldest standing African-American meetinghouse in our nation’s history, but also sheds light upon the lack of…

Traditional Repair of the Abyssinian Meetinghouse

Built in 1828, the Abyssinian Meetinghouse is the third oldest African American meetinghouse in the country.  PTF was fortunate to join the restoration project in 2005, removing the tenement apartments inside, and repairing the king post truss frame.  In 2010, we rebuilt the cornice, and completed the roof and basement phases. In October 2010, archaeologists dug around the…

In the News

May 22, 2017 The Wood Island Life Saving Station Restoring the base that once housed men who saved the lives of mariners. NH Chronicle. WMUR-TV, Portsmouth, NH May 4, 2017 A century after its congregation dissolved, Abyssinian Meeting House gathers community again ‘A Distant Holla,’ an art show opening Friday, aims to bring the original…

True-Randall Farm, Tie Beam Scarf Repair

It really tied the barn together

Tie Beams are the defining component of a timber frame.  They tie a barn together better than The Dude’s rug ever could. A tie beam crosses the gable at or below the plate (eave) level, and prevents the eave walls from spreading under the outward pressure of the rafters.  Tie beams, more than any other…

Our Biggest Fan

In 1900, Charles Goodhue drew this sketch from the memory of an elderly parishioner.  This is one of the only remaining images that depict the building from this era.  Fortunately, evidence within the building has proven this sketch to be remarkably accurate. From the beginning of our involvement in the project, we have been looking…

Press on Preservation

Last week, PTF was featured in two more articles, these ones about developments at the Abyssinian.  The DownEast article focuses on the social history of the building as well as the people responsible for its restoration.  It contains some of my favorite stories about the building, including its origin story, and how it was saved…