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Those genteel Maine rusticators of the last century always had a thing for teahouses. And this 1915 stone building, perched atop a hill overlooking one
Those genteel Maine rusticators of the last century always had a thing for teahouses. And this 1915 stone building, perched atop a hill overlooking one of the state's most famous bays, is one example. It was designed by famed landscape architect Hans Heistad, who immigrated to this country from Oslo to work with the even more famed Olmstead brothers, to provide shelter - and tea - to a wealthy family who wanted to enjoy the vista, including a view of their harbor estate below. The owners kept it fully furnished - complete with a working bath - but it was for day use only.These days the structure has fallen into disrepair and is in danger of collapsing. The mortar needs repointing, the roof needs replacement and resodding, and the windows and doors, which have been covered by big metal plates to reduce vandalism, need to be replaced. But the local conservation organization that owns it and the surrounding three hundred acres of organic blueberry fields and forest has embarked on an extensive fundraising and rehabilitation campaign to be completed this fall. So for the first time in years visitors to the nature preserve will be able to appreciate the hut as it regains some of its old glory. If you think you recognize this hilltop, visit or drop us a note at PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843.
- Photography by: mark wallace