Open Studio & Historic Mill with John Van Alstine & Caroline Ramersdorfer

Open Studio & Historic Mill with John Van Alstine & Caroline Ramersdorfer

In the mid-2000s, Austrian sculptor Caroline Ramersdorfer joined Adirondack sculptor John Van Alstine at the site of the Old Adirondack Lumber Company and established her art studio in the “old sawmill.” Together, Caroline and John continue their thoughtful reuse and redevelopment of the 19th century property on the banks of the Sacandaga River in the…

The Architecture of Ward Shippey

The Architecture of Ward Shippey

Glens Falls architect Ward Shippey (1885-1963) had an exceptionally long and prolific career designing homes, commercial buildings, theaters, children’s summer camps, private clubs, municipal buildings, camps, and resorts. The majority of his designs were in Glens Falls, Lake George, and Schroon Lake but he also designed several resorts in the Catskills like Grossinger’s, Arrowhead Lodge,…

Stone Houses Open House

Stone Houses Open House

Stories, family histories, and livelihoods are all etched in the stone used for many fine homes throughout the North Country. Blue limestone quarried on Willsboro Point was used throughout the Champlain Valley; Au Sable Valley granite went into homes along present-day Route 9N in the area around Jay; and unique reddish-brown Potsdam sandstone was used…

Architects & Architecture at Santanoni, Past & Present

Architects & Architecture at Santanoni, Past & Present

Join architect and guide Chuck Higgerson on a day-long adventure focused on Santanoni’s construction and last year’s extensive Save America’s Treasures grant-funded restoration project. Journey on a horse-drawn wagon and hear about the history of the camp and farm and the architects, builders, and catalogs behind their designs. Once you arrive, you will learn how…

A Day on Big Wolf Lake

A Day on Big Wolf Lake

Big Wolf Lake is a large, pristine waterbody near Tupper Lake, the centerpiece of a 4,000-acre private preserve. Among the 30 or more camps standing along its shoreline are five designed by noted Adirondack architect William Distin, as well as other historic and architecturally interesting lodges, camps, and structures. Originally a mystery tour back in…

Biking the Boquet Valley

Biking the Boquet Valley

Join AARCH on a scenic bike route through the rolling Boquet Valley, a region that is known for its fertile farmland and charming hamlets. Meeting at the Whallonsburg Grange, we’ll first see the Grange’s work to restore its Grange Hall as a community center and to adaptively reuse the former Whitcomb’s Garage for arts, retail,…