Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum, Bar Harbor

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The Bar Harbor Historical Society is the principal historical society of Bar Harbor, Maine and Mount Desert Island. The society's museum is located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue in the former St. Edward's Convent, an architecturally distinguished building designed by local architect Milton Stratton and built in 1917 in the Jacobethan style. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
The Historical Society Museum is set on the west side of Ledgelawn Avenue, a residential side street in the main village of Bar Harbor. It is a 2-1/2 story brick building, three bays wide, with a cross-gable roof configuration caused by a projecting section at the left half of the front facade. This projection is fronted by a large flat-roof bay two stories in height, with a band of three windows across the front, and single windows on the angled sides. The first-floor windows have foxed lower sashes topped by diamond-pane transoms, and the second-floor windows have larger diamond panes in a fixed sash, and are set in a stone frame with a Tudor arch. The main entrance is slightly recessed in the rightmost front bay. The other windows of the front are smaller, but also feature diamond paned sashes and stone surrounds with Jacobethan styling.
The building was designed by the Bar Harbor architect Milton Stratton, and built in 1917 with funding from Mr. and Mrs. Edward de Veau Morrell of Philadelphia, who owned a summer estate in Bar Harbor. The building is locally distinctive as the only significant example of Jacobethan architecture. Louise (Drexel) Morrell was the founders of Drexel University and sister to Saint Katherine Drexel.
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  • The history of the guilded age is on full display at this outstanding local museum. Numerous pictures of the cottages which lined the shores of bar harbor in the days of conspicuous consumption and...  more »
  • This Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic places. It all began when a committee for formed in 1945 and they decided to exhibit old photographs and pamphlets showing Bar harbor's...  more »
  • Small Museum. Very interesting. You can get a really good feel for what life has been like over the years.
  • A fun place if you are into history

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