Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Explore the marvelous rustic architecture of Raquette Lake—by boat and on foot—largely designed by architect William West Durant. Tour Durant’s first camp, Pine Knot, started in the 1870s, which established the features now associated with Adirondack rustic camp architecture. The Antlers—originally operated as a hotel and cottage resort—was designed in 1886 by a friend of Durant’s, Saratoga Springs architect R. Newton Brezee. Durant was also responsible for organizing the construction of St. William’s in 1890 to provide a church for his Catholic employees. The Shingle-style church, designed by J. Cleaveland Cady, has been lovingly restored by St. William’s on Long Point, who hosts retreats and special events at the site. Lastly, Echo Camp, designed between 1882 and 1883 for banker and Connecticut Governor, Phineas Chapman Lounsbury is quietly perched on the end of the peninsula. The camp’s main building was carefully replicated, and the historic Echo Camp complex is currently undergoing renovation and rehabilitation, which AARCH has been granted special access to explore.
This tour is led by Rhonda Pitoniak and SUNY Cortland staff, St. Williams on Long Point’s Sue Norris, and our friends from Echo Camp. The tour begins at 9:30 AM and ends around 3 PM.
The fee is $60 for AARCH members and $70 for non-members.
This trip includes a short boat ride and a one mile walk along a dirt road.