“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Gateway to Acadia

Gateway to Acadia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 8, 2014
1. Gateway to Acadia Marker
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Captions: (photo on left) Grosvenor Atterbury; (bottom, left) Atterbury also designed the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge in Northeast Harbor and Rockefeller Hall (left), which is now open to the public as a welcome center at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) on the Schoodic Peninsula.
Inscription. This gated lodge was built in 1932 to keep motor vehicles off of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s carriage roads and out of Acadia’s interior. Rockefeller hired New York architect Grosvenor Atterbury to design the building in harmony with the natural surroundings. Atterbury chose the Rustic Norman style typical of European hunting lodges to emphasize Acadia’s early French influence. Look carefully for features like the high-pitched roof and half-timber detail and for Atterbury’s signature “A” carved into the shutters. Local granite, coupled with shades of red, brown, and black, blend the building into the forest settings. Originally serving as a residence for Rockefeller’s road engineer, the lodge has since become housing for park employees. Please respect their privacy.

The group of buildings… is much more imposing and important than I dreamed it would be, and of course… exceedingly charming and decorative. -John D. Rockefeller Jr. in a letter to Grosvenor Atterbury, 1932
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 44° 19.152′ N, 68° 15.151′ W. Marker is in Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on Park Loop Road, on the left when
Gateway to Acadia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 8, 2014
2. Gateway to Acadia Marker
traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glacial Freight (approx. 1.3 miles away); Joseph T. Musetti Jr. Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); Somes Sound (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cadillac Mountain (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 2.7 miles away); Alessandro Fabbri, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F. (approx. 2.8 miles away); Thunder Hole (approx. 3.1 miles away); Thunder Hole Ranger Station (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bar Harbor.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Acadia National Park near Jordan Pond.
Also see . . .  The Gate Lodges Of Acadia National Park: Rockefeller's Little Castles. The story of Acadia’s gate lodges begins with the advent of automobiles on Mount Desert Island. The question of whether to allow motorcars had raged in the early 1900s. When first the west side, then Bar Harbor, and finally Mt. Desert (in 1915) were opened to cars, Rockefeller -- who took great pleasure in horse-drawn carriage rides -- turned his energy and resources to creating a road network that would be forever
Jordan Pond Gate Lodge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 8, 2014
3. Jordan Pond Gate Lodge
motor-free, both on his own land and within the newly-created park.
(Submitted on September 16, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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