Last year, Historic Raymond propuced a list of Raymond’s most endangered historic properties, though some of the same properties are on this list, there are also (unfortunately) new ones, and the order of danger of demolition has changed.
1. The Gordon/Lovering farmhouse is still the most likely to be demolished and is unfortunately in very bad shape. It is likely that it will be plowed over this summer (2019) to make way for the Ridgewood Commons condominiums driveway. BELOW- Circa 1750 Gordon/Lovering farmhouse and historic detached barn, 41 Chester Rd. (Route 102) is under threat of demolition. See BELOW. Prominent resident Josiah Gordon was born here (a brief biography of him can be found in the Raymond 225th Anniversary Official Souvenir Program Book (1989)) Theopolis Lovering, a Revolutionary War veteran, was either the first or one of the first owners of the home.The last remaining piece of Raymond’s one room Branch Schoolhouse is its stone doorstep, which is currently located near the Gordon/Lovering farmhouse, on the property. A developer wants to demolish this beautiful home and run a driveway through it. The 80 acre parcel of land it is on is set to be turned into a 200 unit condo development. The ruins of the Lovering Pail and Bucket Manufactory on the property are also under threat.
2. The Historic 1893 Orchard Street Water Tower (Standpipe). Last year, this was number 4 on the list. It has been taken off line as of Summer 2018, but itis still an officially Commissioned water tower. There is currently talk in town government of demolishing this still structurally sound and operable water tower standpipe. It is said that this is the tallest structure in Raymond (except maybe one of the Town’s cell phone towers may have beaten it).
39 Epping Street (built Circa 1900) has not been maintained since 2013. Owned by Wells Fargo Bank. BELOW-
Old Fire House
Lane Mansion (Edgar Chandler House)
129 Langford Rd