The Stone House, Home of the Stonecoast MFA Program
The Stone House
The Stone House, the Casco Bay waterfront estate where Stonecoast's semiannual residencies take place, is the soul of the Stonecoast MFA program. Stonecoast students and faculty alike come to feel a special bond with this unique and inspiring setting.
Located in Wolfe Neck State Park, the Stone House was designed by John Calvin Stevens in 1918 and donated to the University by Mrs. Eleanor Houston Smith.
The house, where all Stonecoast workshops and presentations occur, is a charmingly idiosyncratic architectural mix of Virginia colonial and British baronial design. The grand estate is distinguished by multiple porches and fireplaces and beautiful stained glass, wood, and tile work; each room has an ocean view. One of the most striking rooms is Harraseekeet Hall with its tiled fireplace, ten-feet-tall stained-glass window, two eight-feet-tall Venetian mirrors, and an entrance to the stone porch. Hanging from the round, engraved ceiling is a Viennese chandelier. Perhaps the most notable feature of the room is the “musician’s gallery,” a balcony above the entrance that provides a full view of the room. Outside, the extensive grounds of the Stone House include rocky pathways to harbor vistas, nationally renowned heather gardens, and historically organic farmland.
This unique setting for Stonecoast's summer and winter residency classes is truly a creative inspiration in itself. In the words of fiction writer and graduate Ben Luce, “The name 'Stone House' and the image of a stone house conjure up the power of place. I'm always inspired here. It's a home. Years from now we'll all be saying that our 'becoming' as writers happened here.”