Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Osgood Pond Great Camp Tapped for NY, National Registers

Northwoods Lodge Boathouse Osgood PondThe New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 33 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Among the properties slated for inclusion are Northbrook Lodge on Osgood Pond near Paul Smiths in Brighton, NY and the John Losee House, in Watertown.

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. Said to be the the first parcel of land sold on Osgood Pond, Northbrook Lodge was built by renowned Great Camp builder Benjamin Muncil in the 1920s for Canadian Senator Wilfred L. McDougald, a medical doctor.

Northbrook Lodge Osgood Pond ExteriorThe John Losee House in Watertown was built about 1828 for Revolutionary War veteran John Losee. The limestone house exemplifies the traditions of stone building construction in the Black River area.

State and National Register-listing can assist property owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.

A full list of sites nominated for the New York State and National Historic Registers can be found here.

Photos of Northbrook Lodge courtesy LandVest’s real estate listing

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One Response

  1. My great grandparents, Lelia Sinclair Montague and Basil Gordon owned this camp for years, until shortly after his death. I would really love to visit it. Is it available for tours or rental? Can’t seem to find a lot of current info on it.
    Thanks very much,
    Sinclair Baldassari
    125 43rd Avenue North
    Nashville, TN 37209
    615-292-0324

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