Cupola Arrives in Machiasport
A very large, curved, and curious piece of history has arrived in Machiasport on a flatbed truck. The truck, en route from Blue Hill, headed for historic Liberty Hall, now undergoing restoration as a cultural and community center. Transported from the workshop of Michael Hewes, the striking prow-shaped structure is the new mansard cupola for Liberty Hall, modeled on the original one, which disappeared many years ago.
Until now, the French-inspired Victorian style cupola has only been seen in historic photographs of Liberty Hall taken around 1900.
“No one who’s alive today has ever actually seen it on the building,” says Frank Foster, an 88 year-old historian and retired executive. “It will be fascinating to see it once it’s back up there.”
The ornamental roof, which will soon sit atop the belvedere tower of Liberty Hall, has been painstakingly rebuilt, using the old photographs as evidence. John Turk, of TTL-Architects in Portland, created blueprints after careful examination of the historic images. He also used a piece of curved framing from one of the original windows as a guide to determine the scale and measurements of the original mansard cupola. The original piece of window framing was recently discovered in the collections of the Machiasport Historical Society.