From Bournemouth to The Bayview
The Bayview is part of a rich history of the glory days of Bar Harbor's past. Our neighborhood
was one of wealth and distinction, and was lucky enough to survive the 1947 fire that destroyed
many of Bar Harbor's beautiful summer homes.
The Bayview Hotel is situated on the foundation of "Bournemouth", another one of Bar
Harbor's famous "cottages". Originally built in 1886, the architect was William Ralph
Emerson, whose famous "shingle style" dominated the summer homes of Bar Harbor's elite.
Past owners have included a Boston attorney, a famous author and Eleanor R. McCormick. Mrs.
McCormick's family invented the Grain reaper and were the developers of McCormick Place in Chicago.
Bournemouth was torn down in 1984 and the Bayview Hotel was built the following year.
Our neighbor's homes read like a Who's Who listing of days gone by. On one side of us is the former
residence of Major George G. McMurtry. Major McMurtry was a Wall Street Attorney and Investment
Banker. He was a member of Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" in the Spanish-American War and
second in command of the WWI Lost Battalion. Major McMurtry was awarded the prestigious "Medal