STILL WORKING AT
50 • Edward Larrabee Barnes’s award-winning
design for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts proves timeless
built on a slope, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts campus is centered on a spine of 132 wooden steps that drop in terraces down the hill to Jericho Bay.
ONE DAY IN 1959, EDWARD LARRABEE Barnes, a promising young architect still early in his career, stood at the top of a steep, forested slope on Deer Isle, Maine, looked out over Jericho Bay,
and began to imagine a new campus for the Haystack
Mountain School of Crafts. What he envisioned was a
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design so simple and perfect that it almost seemed inevitable, one that the American Institute of Architects honored
in 1994 with a coveted Twenty-Five Year Award for enduring architecture. In 2006, two years after Barnes’s death, it
was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This
year, Haystack turned 50.
“I remember first walking onto the site and looking
SCHOOL OF CRAFTS
22 Church Street
Deer Isle, ME