About Blind Tiger Guest House
Blind Tiger occupies a Federal style mansion house on Danforth Street in Portland, Maine. The home was built in 1823 by Joseph Holt Ingraham, using funds inherited from his distant Russian uncle. The home’s second occupants, the Thomas family, expanded the original footprint to better accommodate lavish gatherings and host many guests, with an addition designed by noted Portland architect John Calvin Stevens. To the neighborhood, the building became known as “Social Corners,” even as Prohibition forced the festivities to a secret room in the basement.
The stately building has been meticulously maintained for nearly 200 years. It was briefly the home of a private school, then a rectory and church office, and began its life as a Portland, Maine inn in 1993. The interior underwent a complete renovation in 2020. Original features—like the rooftop cupola that offers panoramic views of the skyline and harbor, or the hidden billiards room in the basement—have been preserved for our guests’ enjoyment.
The guest house’s design is inspired by the city and its spirit of passionate entrepreneurship and creativity. Gathering spaces are rich in texture and color, vibrant areas for gathering with friends or hosting a casual event.
When you’re ready to venture out, local tastemakers offer exclusive guides to Portlanders’ favorite haunts. Portland is extremely walkable, and Blind Tiger Guest House gives guests access to the city’s best art, music, food, shopping, and more. When you stay with us, you’ll feel like you’re staying with a well-connected friend, and you’ll be inspired to explore everything that makes Portland one of New England’s most happening little cities.
About Our Name
Leading up to national Prohibition, Maine was the first state to pass laws that banned the sale of alcohol. But illicit establishments (including a private club housed in our own building’s cellar) continued to offer places for people to gather over a drink. A “blind tiger” was, in that era, common slang for an illegal spot where you could find a stiff drink. Today, Blind Tiger honors this spirit with a unique take on the urban guesthouse and plenty of space to gather and celebrate in your own way.