United States of America, Maine, Hancock County, Bar Harbor
Blair Eyrie (Bar Harbor, Maine)
This Bar Harbor garden site was for many years the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Blair. The original house was designed by Sidney V. Stratton, while architects for the garden site were Andrews, Jaques & Rantoul. The gardens were designed by F. W. Owens and James L. Greenleaf. The gardens featured a formal design with a Japanese-style fountain as a focal point, although they were surrounded by native evergreen forest. A teahouse provided another Asian touch to the overall Italianate design. The house was razed about 1935, and after several changes in ownership in 1975 the property became the site of the Summit House Health Care Center.
Persons and firms associated with the property include: Major George Wheeler (former owner 1894-1895); Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Blair (former owners, c. 1901-1935); Sidney V. Stratton (architect); Andrews, Jaques & Rantoul (architects, before 1905); James L. Greenleaf (landscape architect, before 1933); and F. W. Owens (landscape architect, before 1935).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of book excerpts about the garden, one of which features a plan of the estate.
Garden has been featured in Charles Edward Hooper, The Country House (New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1905), pp. 274-275
Garden has been featured in John Cordis Baker, ed., American Country Homes and Their Gardens (Philadelphia: House & Garden/The John C. Winston Company, 1906), pp. 13-18