2018-04-11 / Front Page

Herbert Hotel named to historic registry

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

KINGFIELD — The Herbert Hotel has earned its place on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, according to Kirk F. Mohney, Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. This designation indicates the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Robert Gregor, owner of the hotel, contacted the commission about the application process and discovered a previous owner had started the process but never completed it. This saved quite a bit of time and historical documentation, noted Gregor. The next step was to have an on-site evaluation by historical architects, which took place late last year.

In January, Gregor received word the Maine Historic Preservation Commission approved its nomination to the national register. It did not take long for the National Park Service to accept the nomination to add the hotel to the register. The Herbert Hotel joins The Inn on Winter’s Hill, One Stanley Avenue and the Kingfield Historical Society “Frank Hutchins” House as historically noted Kingfield buildings.

According to a press release from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Kingfield House hotel was purchased by Herbert S. Wing in 1917, heavily remodeled and renamed as The Herbert.

For a property to be considered, it must meet at least one of the register’s four criteria which are: event, person, design and construction, and information potential. The press release noted the property was significant for several reasons including its association with entertainment and recreation centered on outdoor pursuits like hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing.

“The three-story building is typical of high-style hotels of the period in relatively remote small communities in the Maine woods. Such hotels provided a modern base from which out-of-state tourists could experience outdoor activities,” the release read.

Of course, the commission also found the connection with Wing significant. Wing was a lawyer, businessman and politician.

Gregor noted a plaque marking the historical designation would be installed in the future.

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