The Maine House

By Maura McEvoy and Basha Burwell

Text by Kathleen Hackett

296 pages

9¼ x 12 in. (235 x 305 mm.), portrait

250 color illustrations


ISBN 978-0-86565-394-8

US $50 / CAN $63 / GBP £40

PUBLISHED: Jun, 2021

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Explore the soul of Maine in some three dozen of its most original, authentic, and evocative houses

For several years, acclaimed photographer Maura McEvoy and art director Basha Burwell traveled the length and breadth of Maine in search of houses that capture the state’s singular character. These are not designer houses; they are homes created by the people who live in them, from artists to writers to fishermen, distinctive for their ingenuity, originality, and fierce individuality. Many are unchanged, inhabited by generations of the same family; some are ingenious conversions. As Kathleen Hackett observes in her eloquent text, these are homes that have a kind of visual wealth that money can’t buy, homes that define the very spirit of Maine.

"The Maine House crafts a plea to preserve a living history belonging to individual, family, and state; a visual call to recognize these homey structures and others like them as ‘extraordinary gifts.’. . . Maura, Basha, and Kathleen have gone into these old homes and salvaged something we’d do well to hold on to: the understanding that when the last cottage is crumbled and family farmhouse is flattened, so goes the unrenewable character and charm that is uniquely Maine."
Decor Maine

"The Maine House [is] a visual journey through delightfully ramshackle saltwater farms and fish shacks, to stately stone houses and cozy coastal cottages."
The New York Post

"A new book celebrates the knotty-pine, windows-thrown-open-to-the-breeze beauty of archetypal Maine houses. . . . The Maine House [shows] us the dignity, and aching beauty, in preserving Maine’s quirky architectural past."
Maine Homes by Down East

"A dreamy summer read to take to the family cottage."
House & Home

"The Maine House is a love letter to the region’s unpretentious cabins with their time-worn sofas, creaky floorboards, and, of course, spectacular surroundings."
The Edit

"The Maine House is a detailed anthology of the charm, centuries-old nostalgia and various characteristics of these classic homes, and a historical documentation of many Maine cottages."
— Cottages & Bungalows

"A new design book reveals the Pine Tree State’s most quintessential homes. . . .The Maine House is filled with homes whose decoration, from slamming screen doors to unfinished walls and bric-a-brac kitchens, are as quirky as they are charming. As the book reveals, it’s the details—bookcases crammed with Stephen King thrillers, doors fronted by curtains, and a dose of practical magic—that get to the essence of what a home in Maine is all about."
Elle Decor

"Buy the book. Feast on Vacationland style in the newly released The Maine House."
— Coastal Living

"Photographer Maura McEvoy and Art Director Basha Burwell spent years traveling through Maine in search of homes that capture the unique spirit of the state. Marked by ingenuity, originality, and functionality, each house is as quirky as it is charming."
House Beautiful

Photographer Maura McEvoy has spent every summer of her life on the Maine coast. Her work has appeared in House BeautifulTown & CountryCondé Nast TravelerOutside, and Martha Stewart Living.

Born and raised in Maine, Basha Burwell is a stylist and art director for national retailers and clients such as L.L. Bean, Garnet Hill, and Pendleton.

Writer Kathleen Hackett spends her summers in Maine. Her most recent book is Brooklyn Interiors; she contributes to Elle Decor, Architectural DigestT MagazineHouse BeautifulVerandaMartha Stewart Living, and Southern Living.