Going Green: Building Adirondack Sustainability

Sustainable or green design has become increasingly popular, as a response to climate change, environmental issues, and advancements in technology. Using local materials, incorporating energy efficient systems, and capturing passive energy are all methods for reducing the impact of our built environment, and designers and builders continuously work to implement these systems into both new…

The Architecture of William Prescott

The Architecture of William Prescott

Architect William Prescott (1926-1971) grew up in Keeseville, earned a degree at Princeton, and worked at the architectural firm of Howell, Lewis & Shay in Philadelphia before returning to the North Country as principal of W. H. Prescott Associates in Plattsburgh. His distinctly modern style— gently sloped roofs, large overhangs, wide chimneys, vertical wood siding…

Winter Olympic Architecture

Winter Olympic Architecture

The defining structures and architecture constructed for winter sports in Lake Placid catapulted the Adirondacks onto the world stage. The bobsled-run for the 1932 Olympic Winter Games was the first ever built in the United States and was the most challenging to athletes from across the globe. The current ski jumps—the Intervale—were constructed for the…