Ever wonder what’s behind those leaded windows ? What it would be like to be inside ?
On Saturday we got to find out when Acadia National Park hosted the first ever open house .
Designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, a prominent New York architect, The Brown Mountain Gate Lodge was completed in 1933. The intention was to mark the entrance to the carriage roads and prevent automobiles from entering. Of course a gatehouse is also designed to house a gate keeper so it is designed to be a home. However I don’t believe there ever was a gatekeeper. Today it houses seasonal park staff.
There was a great turnout for the event. From the comments I think everyone had many various ideas of what the interior might look like. My husband expected it to look like the inside of a castle, I had heard it was more simple and I expected it to be cold and dark. We were both surprised. First by the warmth when we entered…there was heat! ( I thought it might have been shut off for the winter) And next by the warmth of the welcoming rangers who had filled the kitchen with muffins, coffee, juice, and fruit. What a nice unexpected surprise!
Though the light was dim the rooms did not seem dark. Light cascaded through the windows and down the stairs and the smaller bedroom windows created little nooks with a soft glow. Of course making photographs, handheld, was still a challenge…thank goodness for image stabilization, and the low noise/ high ISO of today’s cameras.
The entire house was open for us to roam through. The first floor has as spacious kitchen, living room, and dining room, the second floor has 4 bedrooms, one bath, and many closets. Even the cellar was open for the public.
In addition to the touring the house there was a stone cutting demonstration by Steve Haynes, of the Maine Granite Museum and additional educational displays in the house.
I have posted a gallery with many more photos of the events and the gate lodge.
THANK YOU to the park staff who made the day possible!