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The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public.

Preserving Historic Buildings that Bats Call Home

  • 1.  Preserving Historic Buildings that Bats Call Home

    Posted 12-09-2021 01:54 PM

    Acadia National Park is going to restore its historic Rockefeller gatehouses. Here's how we'll protect the imperiled bats that live there.

    Preserving Historic Buildings that Bats Call Home

    Iconic American financier John D. Rockefeller, Jr., built the Jordan Pond and Brown Mountain gatehouses at Acadia National Park in 1932. He placed them at the entrances to his estate's carriage roads on Mount Desert Island off Maine's rocky coast. American architect Grosvenor Atterbury designed the stone and half-timbered buildings with a nod to historic French architecture, creating a unique "Acadian" design style.

    Both gatehouses need extensive masonry rehabilitation, but they are also home to three vulnerable species of Myotis ("mouse-eared") bats. Bat populations have declined by the millions in North America since the emergence of white-nose syndrome, a devastating disease. The National Park Service's mission tasks the agency with protecting these buildings and the imperiled creatures that roost in their nooks and crannies. How can we reconcile these two seemingly competing goals?

    Preserving Historic Buildings that Bats Call Home

    Ronda Bernstein
    Historical Architect
    National Park Service
    Southeast Regional Office
    Atlanta, GA
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