Athens in the Wilderness
"Vanishing Maine" piece about the Building of Arts, which, in 1905, leaders of the summer community in Bar Harbor decided to build on the grounds of the Kebo Valley Gold Club (to replace an earlier venue). Musical and theater performances, lectures, art exhibits, and amateur tableaux attracted the attentions of Bar Harbor's rich and famous. The great dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was in residence in Bar Harbor during World War I, but there is no record of him performing in the Building of Arts. After several years of declining fortunes, despite infusions of cash from John D. Rockefeller, the building was burned in a wildfire in 1947. Illustrated with photographs of various performers and patrons.
Bar Harbor, Arts
Emerson, Brad, "Athens in the Wilderness" (2014). Maine News Index – Portland Monthly. 1836.