The campus was designed in 1960 by noted architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, and in 1994 was awarded the Twenty Five Year Award from the American Institute of Architects, one of only forty-seven buildings in the United States to receive this distinction. In 2006 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The school’s award-winning campus was represented in the Portland, Maine exhibition, maine modern: 50 years of modern architecture in maine, from October 1-31, 2010.

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.

Six workshop studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, hotshop: iron/glass, metals, and wood), a digital fabrication lab – the Haystack fab lab  – and a visiting artist studio are situated on Haystack’s campus, along with a dining hall; the 100-seat Gateway Auditorium, which is a central gathering place for lectures, performances and end-of-session auctions; 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.



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From June through August, please consider joining us for a Wednesday tour of the Haystack campus if you are in the area. Find out more about visiting Haystack off-season and on non-tour days, and see more photos of Haystack’s architecture and site on flickr.