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Property Name U.S. Naval Radio Station- Apartment Building and Power House
Reference Number 13000533
State Maine
County Hancock
Town Winter Harbor
Street Address N/A
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Resources of Acadia National Park
Status Listed 7/3/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, CONSERVATION
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000533.pdf
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The U.S. Naval Radio Station- Apartment Building and Power House on Big Moose Island at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, Maine, are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level under Criterion B in the area of Conservation and for their association with John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his contribution to Acadia National Park's physical development, as a related listing to the Historic Resources of Acadia National Park Multiple Property Listing (2007, amended 2013). Rockefeller, a nationally prominent philanthropist who was directly involved in many aspects of the park's development, was responsible for orchestrating the relocation of the Otter Cliffs Naval Radio Station on Mount Desert Island to land he had donated previously to the park on Schoodic Point in order to accommodate the development of the park's loop motor road. The effort, which involved Rockefeller in protracted negotiations between the War Department and Department of the Interior, exemplifies the unique standing he held as a result of his philanthropy toward the National Park System. The U.S. Naval Radio Station- Apartment Building and Power House are also significant at the local level under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as outstanding examples of the Rustic Norman style and representative works of the nationally prominent, New York-based architect Grosvenor Atterbury. The buildings reflect the design aesthetic that Atterbury developed specifically for Acadia National Park at Rockefeller's behest during the development of the park's Carriage Road System in the 1920s. The application of the Rustic Norman style--exhibited prominently by high, steeply pitched hip roofs; half-timbered gable ends; and elaborate brick and stone work-made the buildings unusual, if not unique, among the simple utilitarian vernacular designs usually employed by the Navy at its early twentieth-century radio stations.

 

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