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Did everything in the Cleftstone Rd. neighborhood burn in the Bar Harbor fire of 1947?
Virtually everything in the Cleftstone Road neighborhood, location of some of Bar Harbor's finest cottages, burned as the flames of October 1947 swept through. Several of the grandest, like "Mossley Hall", which had at various times housed W.C. Whitney and Margaret Vanderbilt Shepard, or "Elsinore", the home of Whitney's sister, Mrs. Dimock, had been demolished a few years earlier, victims of the great Depression and changing tastes. "Blair Eyrie", the former estate of DC Blair, at the peak of Abbe's Hill, had in fact been seized from its owner, C. Ledyard Blair, for non-payment of taxes. He didn't protest. The main house was demolished. Before losing the property, Blair gifted the greenhouse and potting shed to a long time employee, and it remained, along with the large stable, across the street from the main gate. When the fire went through the neighborhood, everything else was destroyed, including the stable, but the charmring little potting shed, designed by Andrews Jaques & Rantoul, escaped.
Image sources, in order, "The Country House" by Chas. Edwin Hooper, "Country Life in America" DWG3, MDI Historical Society Website, Advertising brochure by Lord & Burnham Co.