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 $1,187,907 in grants, donations and pledges of support. We are well on our way toward our $2.5M goal to support acquisition, building rehabilitation, personnel, the first phase of 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. The story will focus on the life and work of Dr. Trudeau within the larger context of the history of Saranac Lake as a center for patient care. Exhibits at Trudeau's neighboring laboratory will focus on the history of scientific research. The John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory will be re-dedicated as a community history space, exploring topics of local history beyond the theme of tuberculosis.
HSL will open the majority of the historic spaces on the first and second floor to the public. The large second floor space will be available for arts and cultural events and meetings. The proposed first floor museum space is already fully handicap accessible. 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.