The Durant Legacy: St. Williams, Pine Knot, The Antlers & Echo Camp

July 22, 2021

Explore the marvelous rustic architecture of Raquette Lake—by boat and by 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. “Before it was built,” wrote historian Alfred Donaldson “there was nothing like it; since then . . . there has been nothing essentially different from it.”

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.

St. William’s on Long Point

Durant was also responsible for building St. William’s in 1890 to provide a church for his Catholic employees. The Shingle-style church was designed by J. Cleaveland Cady and it has been lovingly restored by St. William’s on Long Point, used for retreats and special events.

Lastly, visit Echo Camp, designed between 1882 and 1883 for banker and future Connecticut Governor, Phineas Chapman Lounsbury.

The tour begins at 9:30 AM and ends around 3 PM.

The fee is $55 for AARCH members and $65 for non-members. This trip includes a short boat ride and a one-mile walk along a dirt road.


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