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Beatrice Farrand designed these gardens in 1928 for the Byrnes of New York. Each terrace was intended as a "garden room," an extension of the grand summer cottage that perched above. The north and south sets of terraces were separated by a cedar hedge, fragments of which remain. The design is a geometric one, fashioned to display Mrs. Byrne's rose gardens and the view from the terraces and buildings above.
Today the gardens are maintained by College of the Atlantic and serve as an outdoor gathering and reception space. The gardens have been undergoing restoration since 1985. When the restoration is complete, it will be one of the few extant private gardens designed by Mrs. Farrand that is freely accessible to the public.
"Campus master plan." Online (2000). College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME. www.coa.edu/masterplan.