Young did not rebuild the house and held the lot until the 1870s when he began to subdivide it into smaller lots. In 1873, a portion of Lot 56 was sold to Henry and Katherine Viet, immigrants from Prussia. Henry ran a shoemaking business on Water Street and built a small shotgun house on a portion of Lot 56. Katherine Viet lived in the house after Henry’s death in 1878, until 1921. The house was demolished in 1934.
Over 45,000 artifacts were recovered from the archaeological excavations at Lot 56. Most of these were related the buildings that had been constructed and demolished over time, including nails, window glass, and brick fragments. Also, a large amount of artifacts associated with the lives of the people who lived at Lot 56 also was found, such as ceramic dishes, glass bottles, animal bones, buttons, marbles, smoking pipes, oil lamp parts, etc.
The artifacts recovered from Lot 56 show that despite their rather modest incomes, especially the Mangin family, they readily participated in the consumer economy and were able to purchase at least some of the more popular and expensive dishes of the day. It also shows us that there were a wide variety of goods available to them, which demonstrates Portland’s importance as a port. Just about any kind of good was available to the residents of Portland.