Please join AARCH staff, board, and specially invited guests for a lively afternoon gathering at the Hotel Saranac to celebrate historic architecture, community revitalization, the rebirth of an Adirondack icon, our preservation successes, and one another.
Designed by the architectural firm of Scopes and Feustmann, the Hotel Saranac opened in 1927 and was a regional landmark from the start: it was the first fireproof hotel in the area, had 100 rooms all with private baths, and its second floor lobby was modeled on a Renaissance-style Italian palazzo. Throughout most of the 20th century, this “metropolitan hotel in the woods” welcomed guests in all seasons with its affordable elegance, and endured all kinds of economic ups and downs and changes in public preferences. After several years of renovation and restoration, Hotel Saranac opened this year to much fanfare and community support.
The Roedel Company purchased the property in 2013 with a grand and ambitious vision for its future, with first class accommodations, exciting food and beverage offerings, and warm and generous events spaces – all within the restored splendor of the original hotel. The quality of the restoration work is exceptional. And, although it has reopened only recently, one can already see and feel that this project will have a deep and lasting positive impact on the community and the region.
To make this a truly celebratory event, we have invited a host of VIPs — Very Important Preservationists — who will spend the afternoon informally telling the stories of how they have used the power of preservation to transform communities, homes and businesses to make the Adirondacks such a special place to live, work, and visit.
Howie Kirschenbaum, founding AARCH board president and the dedicated “doer” who helped to save and preserve Great Camp Sagamore, White Pine Camp, Warren Point Lodge, and Camp Uncas plus led the charge to save Camp Santanoni from demolition and neglect. It was Harvey Kaiser, professor of architecture, architectural historian, and author of Great Camps of the Adirondacks, whose work changed public awareness and appreciation for the region’s rustic architecture. Mary Hotaling, former director of Historic Saranac Lake, helped save the historic Saranac Laboratory, put Saranac Lake’s cure cottages and other remarkable architecture on the map, became an expert on William Coulter, and recently authored A Rare Romance in Medicine: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. Bill Johnston, in his 25 years as the Essex County Planner, was almost single-handedly responsible for creating a dozen regional nonprofit organizations, several historic districts, and funding for scores of preservation projects like the Lee House in Port Henry and Floral Hall in Westport. Nina Gershon was a young lawyer when she played an instrumental role in saving Grand Central Station from destruction thereby setting a legal precedent for the protection of historic buildings. As the long-time director of the Architecture, Planning and Design Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, Anne Van Ingen nurtured dozens of preservation organizations and projects in the region, has deep family roots in the St. Regis Lakes area, and is on the board of the Adirondack Experience and the Preservation League of New York State. You may know Peter S. Paine, Jr. for his long and deep environmental credentials but we know him as the good steward of Flat Rock Camp, other historic Paine family properties, and for his work to make historic properties in the Forest Preserve legal. From Essex, we have three preservation champions in Lauren Murphy, David Hislop, and Willie Wilcox, who have collectively made this community the most intact and beautiful hamlet in the region. And this is another opportunity to meet Richard Longstreth, author of A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks.
In addition to this line-up, you’ll also have a chance to rub elbows with architects, chat with regional authors, see the displays of local interior designers and builders. Join the celebration!
Individual tickets are $125 per person. Young Preservationist tickets are $40 (ages 30 and under). Price includes delicious hot and cold hors d‘oeuvres, refreshments, behind-the-scenes tour of hotel and a special room rate to stay at Hotel Saranac (July 16 & 17).
Sponsorship opportunities and special display spaces for business-level sponsorships are available. Visit https://www.aarch.org/product/gala-sponsorships/for details. Proceeds from reception benefit AARCH’s preservation efforts in towns and communities throughout the Park.
Tickets available HERE.
Adirondack Classic Designs
Blue Moon Home Builders
Wester & Lorraine Miga
Landmark Consulting, LLC
North Woods Engineering, PLLC
Sandy and Sally Berk
Rhoda & Paul Morrisroe
Rita Wong & Chris Cohan