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Antique Sporting Camps Inspired This Log Cabin Expansion

Learn how an architect blended old and new in Oquossoc.

Rock Camp on Oquossoc’s Mooselookmeguntic Lake, designed by architect Jocelyn Dickson

When Cape Elizabeth architect Jocelyn Dickson began contemplating an expansion of her parents’ log cabin on Oquossoc’s Mooselookmeguntic Lake, she looked to the region’s antique sporting camps for inspiration. Rows of cabins, typically serviced by a main lodge, like the former Barker Hotel and Cottages, where her dad and grandparents used to vacation. For decades, Dickson and her four siblings have gathered at their parents’ camp next door to the log cabin, which they purchased in 2018 to better accommodate their expanding family. Charged with creating space for two bedrooms and a new bath, Dickson opted to leave the log cabin’s exterior largely intact, while converting the interior into an airy living area with a kitchenette. Adjoining modernist cabins, clad in eastern white cedar and connected via breezeways, reiterate the original’s gabled form and house an entry/bedroom and bedroom/bath. Matte-black standing-seam metal casings protect the structures from the elements and seven-foot-tall windows frame stretches of Mooselookmeguntic bisected by dozens of pines. Dubbed Rock Camp, on account of the many boulders that dot the grounds, the cabin trio — brought to life by Rangeley builder George Crosson — is now the family’s favorite haunt. When they’re together, Dickson says, “It’s, which sibling gets to stay at Rock Camp?