Tom Johnson and Arlene Palmer Schwind

Martin steps into the beautiful Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine and speaks with curator, Arlene Palmer Schwind and director, Tom Johnson. Listen in as they discuss the beginnings of this fabulous summer home with a Gustave Herter interior, it’s near miss with demolition and what is involved in preserving this historical landmark.

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Check out the video of 2011 Christmas decor here.



  1. Sun 25th Dec 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for this interesting and informative podcast. I visited Victoria Mansion two years ago during their Christmas season, but found that the mostly contemporary holiday decorations got in the way of enjoying the historical aspect of the house. I plan to visit again someday during the summer season to experience it without those distractions. Of course I understand that the decorations are done by designers who want the exposure; but wouldn’t it be wonderful to someday see it all done up in historically accurate Victorian style?

  2. Sun 25th Dec 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for your comment. I would love to see one of their rooms (i.e The Turkish Room) dedicated to period Christmas decor. I am sure they would need a sponsor for this, such as an antique dealer association perhaps.

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