The Victoria Mansion, the ornate, historic mansion and museum on Danforth Street in downtown Portland, is one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in the country. The long-running PBS series “This Old House” is restoring an Italianate house in Massachusetts this season, and to give viewers an example of the architectural style, last summer their crew visited the Victoria Mansion for an episode. That episode will air at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 11 on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
The crew spent the better part of a day at the Mansion interviewing conservators, carpenters, plasterers, and metalworkers restoring the entry vestibule and the piazza roof. They also spoke with staff members about the Mansion’s history and filmed its exceptional interiors, such as its many beautifully preserved frescoes, carved marble fireplaces, gas lighting fixtures and luxurious period furniture.
If you miss the broadcast, full episodes will be available on the This Old House website after the air date.