July Exhibit: Roc Caivano Art & Architecture

It is with great pleasure that the Northeast Harbor Library announces the exhibit of Roc Caivano’s life work; architectural drawings and paintings. 

Roc received his BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University.  He and and wife Helen arrived on MDI in 1974 where he was hired to start a program in Environmental Design at the College of the Atlantic. While at COA, Roc, Barbara Sassaman and Harris Hyman established an office in Southwest Harbor where they were involved in the renovation of the Turrets, a granite shorefront “cottage” designed by Bruce Price and originally built in 1895. They also created the Wendell Gilley Museum, the Somesville bridge and a number of single family residences. For over 45 years Roc Caivano Architects prepared the master plan for Acadia National Park, the renovation and conversion of the Schoodic Navel Station in to the Schoodic National Park Education Center, Acadia’s Fee Station and the Island Explorer Bus Shelter System, the Mary Dow and MDI Hospital Oncology Centers and other medical and educational facilities.

MDI , its landscape and people continue to inspire Roc. The watercolors and oil paintings included in this show are examples of that inspiration.

With the help of Willie Granston, the entire body of Roc’s architectural drawings are now archived at the Northeast Harbor Library.  Please come see this wonderful exhibit and tribute to  Roc Caivano. The exhibit will be in the Mellon room from July 1 – 31.


It is with sorrow that we announce that Roc passed away on July 8th, 2021.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at College of the Atlantic at The Turrets, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor.
Donations in Roc’s honor may be made to the EdGE Program of the Maine Seacoast Mission, P.O. Box 600, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 or the Roc & Helen Caivano Scholarship Fund at the College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. In lieu of flowers, please take a walk near the ocean with a friend. Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert.

You can read Roc’s obituary here.

A reception is planned at the library for Thursday, July 29th, 5 – 7 pm. The reception will be outdoors; masks are not required outdoors or in the building for vaccinated people.

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