West Street Historic District

The West Street Historic District in Bar Harbor was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1980 [1]. As a group, these associated properties listed below represent the range of architectural styles and architects available to the summer population and the type of social life certain high-society visitors introduced to Bar Harbor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These 17 significant properties are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places by the following names:

  • The Kedge (aka Oasis Club)
  • Petunia Cottage
  • Foster Cottage
  • Rosebriar
  • Maisonette
  • Chantier
  • Greenlaw
  • Manor House Inn (aka Boscobel)
  • Saltair
  • The Tides
  • Westbridge
  • The Breezes
  • The Crossways
  • Westfield
  • La Rochelle
  • The Sunset
  • The Bar Harbor Club

As one of the first areas developed during the summer-resort, cottage era, these properties that constitute this district have not been affected by “integrity-detracting” neighbors or the 1947 fire (which unlike the adjacent Harbor Lane–Eden Street Historic district has been affected by both [2]).  Using popular styles such as Queen Anne, shingle, colonial revival, Tudor revival, and European Renaissance [3], architects Fred Savage, Milton Stratton, William Potter, W. Jordan, James Foster, Rotch and Tilden, and Andrews, Jaques, and Rantoul constructed these grand cottages and amenities for the visiting summer population [4].

[1] National Register of Historic Places. West Street Historic District, Bar Harbor, Maine. National Register #80000226.
[2] Register #80000226; National Register of Historic Places. Harbor Lane–Eden Street Historic District, Bar Harbor, Maine. National Register #09000550.
[3] Register #80000226; Downeast Dilettante. “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.
[4] “Cultural History Project: Cottages of Mount Desert Island.” Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Last updated May 11, 2014. http://mdihistory.org/cultural-history-project/cottages/.