Rockefeller Hall at the Schoodic Education and Research Center needs major repairs to keep the elements out. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRENT ANDER

Hall needs $850,000 fix

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The second phase of the rehabilitation of historic Rockefeller Hall at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) is to be undertaken this summer at a cost of about $850,000.

The 21,000-square-foot Tudor-style building was constructed in 1935 as part of the U.S. Navy’s communications monitoring station near the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula. It now houses the SERC welcome center, administrative offices, conference rooms and overnight accommodations for visiting dignitaries and scientists.

Rockefeller Hall was rededicated in July 2013 following renovations costing $2.7 million. But Keith Johnston, Acadia’s chief of facilities maintenance, said more than that was needed “to bring a historic structure back on line and repurpose it after 10 years of non-use.”

“We still need to work on the exterior to keep the elements out of the newly finished interior. It’s allowing rain in through the roof and masonry and where the masonry meets the wood members.”

Johnston said the building’s plumbing also needs to be brought up to date.

He said the repair work would be done this summer, but the schedule has not been finalized. He said the building would remain open while scaffolding is erected and while the work is being done.

Rockefeller Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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