Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

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Institution Name: College of the Atlantic
Original/Historic Place Name: George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History
Location on Campus: 105 Eden St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1914original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: granite
Walls: painted tar paper and battens
Roof: asphalt shingles
1914-1966other (Acadia National Park Headquarters)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (Museum of Natural History)

The original Acadia National Park Headquarters, commissioned by George B. Door, the first superintendent of Acadia National Park, in 1914, is a rustic one-and-a-half-story building qualifying for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was scheduled to be razed to make way for the new Bar Harbor YMCA when, in 1996, the College of the Atlantic requested that the building be saved and moved to its campus, where it was to be used as the entryway to the new Natural History Museum.

Now the George Dorr Museum of Natural History, the building houses exhibits prepared by students at the College of the Atlantic. It serves as an educational center for students involved with the College's Educational Studies program, and for students interested in museum preparation/education and alternative education. The Museum connects the institution to the area by hosting various school programs from the local and regional community, and it is frequented by individual visitors as well.


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