Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The campus was designed in 1960 by noted architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and consists of 34 buildings clustered onto 8 acres (3.2 ha) of the more than 40-acre (16 ha). The buildings were designed by Barnes to fit well within their environment, and to provide views of the surrounding land- and seascape. In 1994 was awarded the Twenty Five Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. The award is given to a structure whose construction and original intent have withstood the test of time.
The dramatic central stairway, cascading down to the swirling waters below, grabs your attention first. It is flanked on either side by weathered cedar-shingled studios, a spacious dining hall, and the student and faculty cabins. Standing at the top, one can view the white and pink granite shores along Merchants Row, an archipelago of 30 or 40 islands peppering the horizon.
Haystack’s campus offers a range of housing options. All of the cabins are simple, “camp-like” accommodations with electricity and twin beds. There are shared rooms, rooms with private bathrooms or rooms near central, shared bathrooms. There also is one 4-person room with a wheelchair accessible bathroom.
Haystack’s library, rebuilt in 1997, holds over 1000 titles, including fine craft books, exhibition catalogs, art journals and scholarly monographs; and the well-equipped Haystack store that provides artists’ supplies and quality books.