Hulls Cove High School

Hulls Cove High School, presently known as the Hulls Cove School House, was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places on March 25, 1999 for its local architectural significance [1]. The school house’s history parallels both Mount Desert Island’s growth and that growth’s conclusion.

Hulls Cove High School shows both the popular shingle style and colonial-revival style of architecture and was constructed in 1909 after being designed by the architectural firm, Andrews, Jaques, and Rantoul [2]. This Boston firm designed many grand cottages in the Bar Harbor area during the cottage era, including “La Rochelle” and “Nannau”[3].

The Hulls Cove High School is a reminder of the area’s growth into the twentieth-century and that growth’s apparent conclusion. The school was built to replace one donated by a local resident, Captain Jonathan Steven, which had become too small for the growing number of students in the Hulls Cove school district [4]. As Bar Harbor felt the dulling effects of the economy, wartime, and the fire of 1947 [5], the Hulls Cove High School was re-purposed from a school to a community center during the 1940s[6].

By Marisa Higgins

 

[1] National Register of Historic Places. Hulls Cove High School, Hulls Cove, Maine. National Register #99000374.

[2] Ibid.

[3] “What Survives: La Rochelle.” The Downeast Dilettante: Tales & Opinions From Maine Regarding Architecture, Art, Books, Design, Landscape, & Occasional Whims. September 5, 2011. http://thedowneastdilettante.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-survives-la-rochelle.html; National Register of Historic Places. Nannau, Bar Harbor, Maine. National Register #84000322.

[4] Ibid; Carter, Stetson, Paul DeVore, and Terry Sosa. “The Hulls Cove School House.” Hulls Cover Neighborhood Association. Accessed November 28, 20015. http://ganymede.meccahosting.com/~a000633f/gpage3.html.

[5] “What Survives: La Rochelle.”

[6] Register #99000374; Carter, DeVore, and Sosa.

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