Harnessing Hydroelectric

Harnessing Hydroelectric

Hydroelectric power was once the dominate form of renewable energy in the Adirondack region. With an ample supply water from powerful rivers, lakes, and creeks, hydrolytic plants and dams popped up all over the Adirondacks, and many remain functional today. On this outing we will visit three historic and architecturally fascinating hydroelectric facilities and sites….

Blue Mountain Lake

Blue Mountain Lake

Looking beyond the scenic beauty of Blue Mountain Lake itself, there’s a deep architectural legacy here. The three buildings which comprise the former Walter and Kathrin Hochschild camp, Eagle Nest – the main house, guest house, and boathouse – were designed by William Distin of Saranac Lake and built between 1937 and 1938. Known for…

Preserving Camp Santanoni

Preserving Camp Santanoni

Camp Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892 and their estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings, including a 200-acre working farm and a 15,000-square-foot log villa that was inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. It remained in private ownership until 1972 when it was acquired by New…

Colton: Barn Quilts & Beyond

Colton: Barn Quilts & Beyond

Public art and architecture come together in a movement that is sweeping St. Lawrence County – barn quilts. Through numerous creative, colorful, and vibrant barn quilts, the county’s communities reflect on their past and share their stories for all to see. These pieces of artwork are mounted on buildings and all tell stories about their…

Corinth: Of Pulp and Paper

Corinth: Of Pulp and Paper

Throughout the 19th century, river drives transported trees cut in the Adirondacks down the Hudson River to busy mills closer to Albany. The pulp, paper, and lumber industry defined the growth of upper Hudson River communities. The largest pulp and paper mill was located in Corinth, the International Paper Company’s corporate headquarters, which operated there…