About the Project
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 that will drive arts and culture tourism to the North Country region. Garry B. Trudeau is Honorary Chair of the Campaign for the Trudeau Building.
Soon we will unveil the new name and logo for the expanded museum campus! Stay tuned! We are grateful for grant support for this project from the Franklin County Destination Development & Marketing Program.
To date, we have raised $2,260,000 in grants, donations and pledges of support. We are well on our way toward our $4,143,500 goal to support acquisition, building rehabilitation, personnel, and museum exhibits. We are speaking with lead donors about our plans and about naming opportunities. 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. We will open the building as a museum exploring the story of the Saranac Lake region and Trudeau’s pioneering work in tuberculosis treatment and scientific research. 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:
- Improved museum collections storage space, defined as a priority in our ongoing Preservation Planning Project funded by an IMLS grant in 2018. This will allow us to grow our collection and make it available to humanities scholars.
- Creation of a research room that will facilitate public access to our collection.
- Installation of interactive children’s exhibits in both buildings.
- Rotating exhibits in collaboration with other area museums and organizations.
- Implementation of hands-on science activities in the laboratory space.
- Expanded interpretation at the Saranac Laboratory Museum exploring important present day issues in public health and tuberculosis control and treatment.
- January 13, 2019: Adirondack Daily Enterprise Article
- December 27, 2018: WCAX Channel 3 News Story
- May 22, 2018: Adirondack Daily Enterprise Article
- May 16, 2018: Sun Community News Article
- May 1: WCAX Channel 3 News Story
- April 29, 2018: Plattsburgh Press Republican Article
- April 26, 2018 Adirondack Daily Enterprise Article
- April 25, 2018 Press Release
- Acquisition: HSL took ownership of the building on April 30, 2019.
- Environmental Studies and Remediation: A Phase One Environmental Assessment has been conducted. Asbestos remediation was performed in the basement crawlspace in order to proceed safely with architectural design.
- Historic Preservation Review: The project has undergone preliminary review by the State Office of Historic Preservation. We are working closely with OPRHP to ensure the project meets The Secretary of the Interior's standards for the treatment of historic properties.
- Site Plan: Surveys have been completed of both museum properties. HSL's site plan was approved by the Village Development Board in January, 2019. A revised site plan was approved in spring of 2021.
- Architectural Plans: Architect Harry Gordon completed schematic design in March of 2020. Construction documents are nearing completion in spring of 2021. We received approval from State Historic Preservation to proceed to bid for phase one of construction.
- Phase One Construction: Having received only one bid, construction has been delayed until the market improves. Design continues in 2021.
- Museum Planning: Museum Planning consultant Kate Cravens contracted with HSL in the summer of 2019 to develop an overarching interpretive plan for both museum buildings. In 2020, We contracted with exhibit consultant, Bob Davidson of Exhibits and More to create an Exhibit and Lighting plan.
- Grant Support: HSL has been awarded a $500,000 EPF grant from the State Office of Historic Preservation for acquisition and rehabilitation, a $325,000 grant from the State of NY North Country Regional Economic Development Council Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a $75,000 Northeast Heritage Economy Program Grant, Supported by the Northern Border Regional Commission and administered by the Preservation League of NY State. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation awarded the project a grant to support integrated site plan design.