"The construction of these two lodges marks a step well considered in the development of the (carriage road) system and... marks a step in development of the whole island and for the Park, since such beautiful structures just at its borders constitute unique possessions in which it shares."
Bar Harbor Times
November 25, 1931
Jordan Pond Gate Lodge was completed in 1932.
This building, and the Brown Mountain Gate Lodge near Northeast Harbor, ornament the carriage road system.
The gates serve as symbolic barriers to automobiles, and welcome the traveler into a motor-free system of carriage roads in the heart of Acadia National Park.
The design of the gate lodges was inspired by the rustic architecture found in France near the home of explorer Sieur de Monts, who once held land claims on Mount Desert Island.
Like the bridges, and the carriage roads themselves, the gate lodges were designed to blend harmoniously with their surroundings.