AS A REPEAT HOUSEGUEST AT A SUMMER COTTAGE IN WINTER HARBOR, MAINE,
architect Erling Falck had admired the spectacular ocean view the site provided. So when his hosts
decided to raze the house and asked him to design a new year-round retirement home for them, he
knew the view would be his focus. “It’s probably the nicest site I’ve had the opportunity to work on,”
says Falck, whose firm is based in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Islandview, as the house is called, sits up from the rocky shore, commanding a 180-degree panorama from Schoodic Point across Winter Harbor to Ned Island, Mark Island, and the Winter Harbor
Lighthouse, and from there across Frenchman Bay to Mount Desert Island’s distant Otter Cliffs.
Falck’s clients, a physician and his scientist wife, retired to Maine from Sudbury, Massachusetts,
leaving behind a grand old Federalist home with attached carriage house for the simplicity of a small
cottage by the sea.