The long-shuttered Hamilton Hill mansion is now open for tours during the 2023 Bar Harbor Designer Showhouse
ISLANDER PHOTO BY PIPER CURTIN
BAR HARBOR — Driving up winding Hamilton Hill Way, on the crest of a grassy hill, a mansion and the expanse of the Atlantic come into view. Inside the mansion, carved statues of an elephant, giraffe, pelicans and flamingos stand at the base of a grand marble staircase to greet visitors to the 2023 Bar Harbor Designer Showhouse at Hamilton Hill.
In the conservatory, lush greenery brings the outside in. Across the way, the ballroom invites elegance under an enormous chandelier. Upstairs, each of the five bedrooms and three bathrooms are original in their unique and luxurious designs.
During the Designer Showhouse, the mansion is open for tours through Aug. 19. All proceeds from tour tickets will benefit Mount Desert Island Hospital, which can be seen from the mansion’s ballroom windows.
The event is the fourth of its kind put on by Swan Agency Real Estate and Swan Hospitality Group, following Vanderbilt Carriage House, La Rochelle and Brightholme. This year, Kim Swan partnered with the owners of Hamilton Hill – Mike Ross, Norman Ross and Garric Worcester – to host the event. Decor Maine is the project’s media partner. Each room inside the mansion was decorated, down to the most minute detail, by a different interior designer.