BAR HARBOR, ME—College of the Atlantic received a $100,000 donation to help fund the renovations of its iconic Turrets building. The gift will aid in the extensive repairs of the national historic landmark’s outer envelope. The grant comes from a foundation that prefers to remain anonymous.
“We are thrilled to be receiving this generous gift,” said the college’s Dean of Institutional Advancement, Lynn Boulger. “The project cost is just over $3 million – down from $4 million, thanks to savings in labor, contingencies, and materials. This advances our fund raising efforts with a giant leap.”
The Turrets is one of the few “cottages” of the golden era of Mount Desert Island remaining on the Bar Harbor shore. COA has stewarded this granite treasure since it acquired the building in the college’s early days—restoring and renovating it in the 1970s after years of disrepair. The current work, which began in April 2013, involves a temporary reorganization of campus traffic to ensure the safety of visitors and the community.
With help from the donation and other grants and gifts to the project, work has included a new roof, 100 new windows, 20 new doors, new copper drainage system and roof flashing, dismantling and reconstruction of two ocean-side turrets, and new energy-saving and historically honest doors and windows.
The project’s end date is November 2013. For more information about saving Turrets, please visit http://coa.edu/specialinitiatives. Time-lapse images of the project are available on COA’s website: http://coa.edu/turretstimelapse.
About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.