The superior architectural pedigree of Redwood, and that it has only had three owners, is perhaps unrivaled in the state of Maine. Built in 1879, Redwood was designed by the renowned architect William Ralph Emerson, and heralded as the first and finest of his major ‘shingle cottage designs.’ Redwood has, over the years, been featured in many architectural publications, and remains an icon of cottage design. Many of the original shingle cottage features remain, to the owner’s credit, who probably thought of themselves as stewards of this magnificent residence, and homage to history. Thankfully, Redwood was one of the few mansions to escape the devastating fire of 1947 that burned dangerously close to Barberry Lane, destroying hundreds of mansions belonging to the original rusticators of Bar Harbor’s ‘Golden Age’. Redwood was certainly one of these elegant mansions that was part of this historic era in Bar Harbor’s history. Few remain today as private residences. Redwood is a year-round residence, and located within an easy walk of the village of Bar Harbor, yet in a very quiet neighborhood of beautiful homes. There are several sitting rooms, one of which is called the Ocean Room, as it grandly overlooks Frenchman Bay with its many dramatic islands and the open Atlantic Ocean beyond. In addition to the welcoming front entrance foyer, there are formal living and dining rooms with fireplaces, and a large sunroom which accesses a large sunny wraparound deck. The open kitchen utilizes a large pantry and additional utility room. Several of the six bedrooms have fireplaces. Throughout the residence there are many examples of whimsical shingle style elements and architectural features common to the design era. There is also a detached, two-car garage.
The particularly private grounds and visually exciting property, is accessed by a long, winding private driveway with granite pilasters at the entrance. The surrounding wooded area, providing privacy from the street and neighbors, gives way to the long, sweeping lawn with a circular drive at the formal entrance to Redwood. The residence is framed by huge, elegant old growth trees, red maples from whence Redwood got its name, and a level lawn that ends at the ocean bulkhead, bounded by granite ledges and crashing surf. Dramatic views of the islands of Frenchman Bay, specifically the Porcupines, Ironbound, Egg Rock Light and the Bar Harbor Breakwater, are constantly changing with maritime activity, the weather, and eagles and gulls soaring in the sky.
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