I found these renderings of an elegant French style manoir in a 1911 issue of Architectural Record. The caption reads 'Cottage at Bar Harbor, John Russell Pope, Architect'. There is no evidence that this house was ever built, and I'm curious to know more.
My best guess is that it was designed by Pope for his frequent Washington clients the Edward B. McLeans, she the Hope Diamond wearing mining heiress Evalyn Walsh. They had bought Briarcliffe, a large old fashioned shingle style cottage at Bar Harbor in 1910, and the following year, the New York Times reported that they were remodeling. Perhaps they had first contemplated tearing down Briarcliffe and changed their minds?
|Briarcliffe , ocean front as it appeared before the McLean enlargements|
|Ocean front after McLean enlargements|
As an aside, Briarcliffe was originally designed by William Ralph Emerson for J. Montgomery Sears, owner of America's Cup challenger Puritan. Between the Sears occupancy and the McLean purchase, the cottage was leased by the John D. Rockefellers, Jr., and was the birthplace of their son Nelson. And with that, I've wandered far from the original question of the identity of the mystery house.
|Surviving Recreation-Bowling Alley wing|
|The surviving portion of Briarcliffe's servant's wing|
|The garden house|
(Please note the poor quality of the second scan from Architectural Record via Google Books. This poor quality is something we can expect more of as libraries continue to purge books, and the people who scan can't even be bothered to de-screen when they scan halftones. Are you with me, Blue? I think that a lot of important visual information will be lost. We are soooo screwed.)