Subdued and stoic Yankee sensibilities have you longing for a little visual bling? Beeline to the Victoria Mansion, a grand summer home built for a Maine businessman who incorporated into the design a few luxuries gleaned from his successful career as a New Orleans hotelier. The 1860 Italianate structure featured modern amenities like central heating, gas lighting and hot and cold running water at a time when these conveniences were unheard of in a private home.
By Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
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