Historic Saranac Lake Plans Main Street Expansion
Historic Saranac Lake will restore the former home and medical office of Dr. E. L. Trudeau and open the building as a museum that explores the rich history of the Saranac Lake area and Trudeau’s pioneering work in tuberculosis treatment. This project will create a museum campus next to the Hotel Saranac that will drive arts and culture tourism to the North Country region.
LEAD ARCHITECT CHOSEN
We are pleased to announce that, after a competitive review process, the board of directors chose Harry Gordon as our lead architect for the Trudeau Building Project. Mr. Gordon's team includes the architectural preservation expertise of Kim and Jack Alvarez of Landmark Consulting in Albany. Our thanks to the other firms that submitted excellent proposals.
View Historic Saranac Lake's Case Statement and Case Statement Appendix which spell out plans for the building and naming opportunities.
To date, we have raised $1,273,712 in grants, donations and pledges of support. We are well on our way toward our $3.5M goal to support acquisition, building rehabilitation, personnel, museum exhibits, and endowment building. Many thanks to our growing list of donors.
ARCHITECTURAL PLANS AND STUDIES
Historic Saranac Lake will restore the historic home and medical office of Dr. E. L. Trudeau, pioneer in tuberculosis treatment and scientific research. We will open the building as a museum exploring the story of Saranac Lake and Trudeau’s pioneering work in tuberculosis treatment. As with the Saranac Laboratory Museum next door, the most important artifact at the Trudeau Building is the space itself.
Visitors to the museum campus will enter through the Main Street entrance of the Trudeau Building. Here they will explore exhibits interpreting the history of the Saranac Lake region and the life and work of Dr. E. L. Trudeau. Visitors will then move on to Trudeau's neighboring laboratory, where exhibits will focus on the history of science in Saranac Lake.
HSL will open the majority of the historic spaces on the first and second floor to the public. We will design engaging museum exhibits that complement redesigned interpretation at the Saranac Laboratory. Plans include:
In July, 2019, the project was awarded $325,000 Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from the NY State Regional Economic Development Council.