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The Wendell Gilley Museum was designed by architect Roc Caivano and engineered by Harris Hyman. Built in 1981 and expanded in 1988, the Museum was designed to meet modern demand for energy efficiency while harmonizing with the traditional architectural styles of Southwest Harbor, Maine. Exterior details include a series of bas-reliefs depicting seven native bird species, which carver-in-residence Steven Valleau created for the 15th anniversary of the Museum.

Original construction was by the R.M. Norwood Company; the 1988 addition was by Kenneth U. Hutchins, Inc. The Finnish fireplace was built by Robert Norwood of L.E. Norwood and Sons. Climate-control has been approached with a multilevel system of solar, wood, electric and oil heat sources coupled with heavy insulation and tight construction.

The grounds are landscaped with native plants and include sculptures by artists and

   
 

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