Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Blue Mountain Lake Landmark Reopening To Guests

Steamboat Landing Blue Mountain Lake 2019A notable Blue Mountain Lake historic landmark, The Steamboat Landing, is being reopened as guest accommodations.  The complex was established in 1879 to serve William West Durant’s Blue Mountain and Raquette Lake Steamboat Line.

According to Richard Longstreth’s architectural guide to the Adirondacks, portions of the complex were constructed as the baggage house. The large main building was built to house the construction of the steamboat line’s largest craft, the twin-stacked, seventy-five-foot-long Tuscarora. Following the launch in 1900, the building was used to house the vessel during the off-season.

The steamboat line ceased operating in 1930 and Herbert A. Birrell, a ticket agent for the company, purchased the property and converted it into a tourist hotel called The Steamboat Landing. The hotel included a store in the main building, and the Birrells added several cottages. Since the 1930s the facility has generally remained unchanged, until now.  It served as a restaurant and was most recently Blue Mountain Outfitters; it had been for sale for a number of years.

Jeff, Sarah, and Ethan Vander Molens have refurbished the buildings to provide accommodations in the Main Lodge, Pilot House and Guest Cabins on the waterfront. They have roots in Blue Mountain Lake that go back to 1973.

At 11 am on Friday, September 6th, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening. The public is invited to attend.

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One Response

  1. Martha Pritchard Spear, MBA says:

    Greetings, a suggestion to mention Adirondack Architectural Heritage ( which worked with Richard Longstreth on that amazing book.

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