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.
February 2020 Update: Our architectural and museum planning teams have been making major progress! View the schematic designs and the latest museum plans.
To date, we have raised $1,440,500 in grants, donations and pledges of support. We are well on our way toward our $3.9M goal to support acquisition, building rehabilitation, personnel, museum exhibits, and endowment building. Many thanks to our growing list of donors.
In January, we finalized the Interpretive Plan for the expanded museum campus. The plan was developed in consultation with Museum Planner, Kate Cravens. Our thanks to the many community members who provided invaluable input! It's not too late to contact us with your ideas for the new museum!
LEAD ARCHITECT CHOSEN
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.
View Historic Saranac Lake's Case Statement for the Capital Campaign.
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 the Saranac Lake region 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.