i wonder why 'Mizzentop', a grand Bar Harbor summer cottage built in 1883 for Louisa Hunt, widow of artist William Hunt, was not designed by her brother-in-law, Richard Morris Hunt, but rather by H.L. Putnam of Boston.
|A sketch of the newly built 'Mizzentop' by A.W. Brunner, Building 1884.|
There is much more to write about Mizzentop, which went on to have a distinguished list of tenants and owners, and when I do, I will tie it to the invention of the reaper, to one of the finest metalworkers of the early 1900's, the Titanic, the decorating firm of Sills and Huniford (no, they did not do interiors of this house, which burned before they were born), and even the TV show Law & Order, but not right now. I was just wondering out loud for the moment. I wish I were closer to the AIA Library, which houses the Hunt papers. One would love to imagine that maybe there is a letter from Hunt to his sister-in-law, regretting that he was unable to take time off from the Vanderbilts, but recommending Mr. Putnam. More likely however, Mr. Putnam was part of Mrs. Hunt's social circle in Boston.
|Porte cochere at Mizzentop|
|After the Bar Harbor fire of 1947, Mizzentop's ruins were a landmark on Eden St. Now a large hotel occupies the foundations|
|The laundry cottage at 'Blair Eyrie', designed by Andrews, Jacques & Rantoul|
Blair Eyrie was built at the highest elevation of any cottage in Bar Harbor, with 360 degree views, and never was a laundry building more prettily situated. Below are the stairs that led to garden level from the laundry cottage. Picturesque though these steps are, one does not envy the laundry staff making the trek from the house, down the service drive at left, and then down these steps with full baskets of laundry.