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Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 14, 2014
Meeting to feature talk on Grindle House

The Castine Historical Society will hold its 2014 annual meeting on Wednesday, August 27, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Room on the lower level of the Abbott School on the Castine town common. Following a brief business meeting, the program includes a talk by Gail Caskey Winkler on interior finishes planned for the society’s Grindle House, currently undergoing renovation, according to a news release.

Winkler’s illustrated lecture is titled “What Might the Grindles Have Done?—Finishes in the Formal Rooms of the Samuel P. Grindle House.” The meeting and the lecture are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Gail Caskey Winkler, Ph.D., FASID, is senior partner of LCA Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the documentation and recreation of historic interiors. Her clients include the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress, the Lincoln Summer White House, the Capitols of Virginia and Pennsylvania, and the home of President Hayes. As an educator, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Winterthur Museum, and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Victorian Interior Decoration, Floor Coverings for Historic Buildings, and Capricious Fancy: Draping and Curtaining in the Historic Interior. She has assisted the Design Committee of the Castine Historic Society to create a circa 1850 interior for the Grindle House. Winkler and her husband, Roger Moss, live half the year in Castine.

The Samuel P. Grindle House, built by a Castine ship carpenter in 1850, was acquired by the Historical Society in 2008. It is significant as a mid 19-century Greek Revival domestic structure contributing to the cultural landscape of the town common and is an example of the Greek Revival five bay house with corner pilasters. After consultation with historic preservation architect Christopher Glass of Camden, renovation of the Grindle House began in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The exterior of this Greek Revival house will be restored to its original 1850 appearance, including recreation of the original front door surround.

The interior will provide much needed research space for public use and staff offices. The rear addition will be in keeping with surrounding buildings and provide archival storage to enable the society to enhance stewardship of its collection of books, artifacts, documents, photographs, maps and paintings illuminating the rich history of the Castine-Bagaduce River area.

The Castine Historical Society is open seven days a week through Labor Day; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. After Labor Day, the Society’s exhibits will be open to the public Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and by appointment on other days. In addition to a seasonal exhibit on the War of 1812 in Castine, the society offers a permanent exhibit on the Penobscot Expedition of 1779, the Castine Community Bicentennial Quilt, and a gift shop. For more information on Society membership, exhibits and events—including the recently announced plans for the replica French frigate Hermione to visit Castine in July 2015—visit castinehistoricalsociety.org, email info@castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 326-4118.