Website Adirondack Architectural Heritage
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York State’s Adirondack region. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique and diverse architectural heritage.
Camp Santanoni is located within the 12,900-acre Santanoni Preserve and consists of: a Main Camp complex, a collection of rustic buildings situated on secluded Newcomb Lake; a Gate Lodge complex at the entrance to the preserve; and an early 20th-century model farm. The building of this great camp began in 1892 for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany. In its time, Camp Santanoni was the largest of the Adirondack Great Camps and hosted Theodore Roosevelt, among other prominent guests. After New York State acquired the site in 1972 and added it to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, Santanoni sat vacant and neglected for more than 20 years with an uncertain fate. In 2000, New York State created the Camp Santanoni Historic Area, committing to use the site for public educational and recreational purposes. Since then, more than $2 million in conservation work has been completed, and thousands visit annually.
AARCH has supported the preservation of Camp Santanoni since its founding in 1990. Since 1991, we have hosted summer interns working at the great camp, interpreting Camp Santanoni for the public and completing hands-on preservation projects.
- Interaction with public visitors, including site explanation and interpretation. This includes the Gate Lodge, accessible from Route 28N; the Farm Complex, a one-mile walk/bike into the complex; the Main Lodge Complex, a five-mile walk/bike in each direction.
- Participating in ongoing restoration work. This includes staining, painting, window reglazing, and other conservation projects.
- Operating a small visitor’s center at the Gate Lodge.
- Developing programs and exhibits for ongoing site interpretation.