Saturday, May 5, 2018

Hotel Saranac Honored By NYS Preservation League

hotel saranac after restorationThe Preservation League of New York State has selected the historic Hotel Saranac to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The League’s statewide awards program honors achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage.

The project team included Roedel Companies (Owner, Operator); ROK Builders (Construction Management); RSJ Associates (Interior Design) – all of Wilton, NH; Freeman, French, Freeman (Lead Architect) – Burlington, VT; Landmark Consulting LLC (Historic Preservation Consultant) – Albany; Group One Partners (Restaurant Design) – Boston, MA; Northwoods Engineering (Civil Engineer) – Saranac Lake; Chris Wheeler (Mechanical Engineer) – Massachusetts; Kirick Engineering (Electrical Engineer) – Williston, VT; and Korn Design (Branding) – Boston, MA.

The odds seemed stacked against the project from the beginning when, just two weeks into new ownership, a pipe burst and flooded the boiler room, electric panels, and elevator shafts. Layers of 20th-century alterations were stripped away, including acoustical ceiling grids, Masonite wall paneling and partition walls. Original terrazzo flooring was restored, as was cherry wood paneling in the ballroom and the plaster barrel vaulted ceiling in the arcade.

Significant project support was provided by an Empire State Development Grant through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. The project has been determined eligible for New York State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. Hotel Saranac secured Historic Hotels of America designation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2017.

The awards will be presented at the Preservation League’s Awards Ceremony in New York City at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 9th at the historic New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street.

The complete list of award winners includes Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie; Richardson Olmsted Campus, Buffalo; Hotel Saranac, Saranac Lake; Sibley Square, Rochester; R.E. Dietz Lantern Factory, Syracuse; John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor; Tapestry on the Hudson, Troy. The New York Botanical Garden will be honored for Organizational Excellence.

For more information about the Preservation League of New York State, visit their website.

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4 Responses

  1. Larry Roth says:

    I stayed there after attending a public hearing on the rail corridor at Ray Brook. It’s a wonderful rebirth of a great hotel.

    The staff provides great service and are very welcoming. Having breakfast (excellent food) while being able to enjoy the street scene outside was a bonus. The Trudeau museum is right around the corner.

    Bring back passenger rail to Union Station, and watch what will happen. The past does have a future.

  2. Jim Fox says:

    When was it built?

  3. Tim-Brunswick says:

    No thanks from my family since, contrary to historical Hotel Saranac policy, they are not allowing pets! In this day and age pets are considered Family so as far as we are concerned this once very nice hotel has become just one more “snooty” Hilton overnight destination for folks who care less about their restrictive policies.

    • Paul says:

      Leave your dog (or whatever) at home where they are better off. They don’t need to be in a hotel. Just take a break. Support your local dog sitter/walker! Since my younger son is afraid of dogs (despite the fact I have 2 kennel dogs) I like the policy. This is a hotel not your house. Think about others.

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