Due to World War I and other economic factors of the time, tourism and membership declined to the point that it was no longer feasible for the club to carry the financial burden of the Mount Desert Reading Room. It was sold and over the next 25 years, the building had a number of proprietors and served a variety of tenants.

Bar Harbor's Beloved Shore Path

Due to major winter storms significantly damaging the Shore Path, there is ongoing construction along the waterfront.