Victoria Mansion, also known as Morse Libby House, is an architectural footprint of the pre-Civil war era at Portland, Maine. With lavish interiors that have been preserved from the original days and the grandeur of Italian villa styled façade, the mansion’s sophisticated architecture and its intriguing history draws heavy crowds and is a must visit destination for anyone visiting Maine.
What is Victoria Mansion?
Built in between 1858-1860 by hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse, the Victoria Mansion was originally a summer home of the Morse family. Morse’s taste for extravagance is reflected in the intricate plasterwork, enormous mirrors and opulent fabrics that adorn the Mansion’s rooms. Even though the house was sold along with its furnishings to a merchant J.R Libby, the original décor was preserved and maintained. Over the years the mansion had multiple owners until 1941, when it was opened to the public as a museum in honor of Queen Victoria. Today the Mansion survives as a preserved relic of an indulgent lifestyle.
Why should you visit?
A visit to the Victoria Mansion allows you to enjoy the lavishness of the 19th century. Majority of the original furnishings (90%) are still intact in the Mansion and it includes: Italian designs, trompe l’oeil walls and ceiling decorations, stained glasses and silverware and porcelain that create a retreat of palatial scale. Given richness of the landmark, the Mansion offers guided 45 minute to hour long tours that explore the indulgent lifestyle of the pre-Civil war era. The numerous piazzas and balconies that connect the structure to the landscape add to the beauty of the mansion.
Anyone visiting Maine should definitely drop by the Victoria Mansion in order to experience architectural and indulgent richness and beauty!