• An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks (The Architecture of Leisure)

    The Victorian Society in America Metropolitan Chapter 2011 Award for Publication-Architectural HistoryThe Adirondack Center for Writing 2011 Literary Award-Best Book, NonfictionThe first book to place the rustic Adirondack architectural style in the context of the cultural, social, and environmental history, An Elegant Wilderness, showcases the intensely private retreats set into the pine forests on the shores of the region s shimmering lakes.Open earlier to tourism and more accessible than the western United States, the Adirondack region is where many urbanites of the Industrial Age came to experience the wilderness. It was in the Adirondacks that the constricting social proprieties relaxed, that city swells hunted in deer-filled forests and angled in trout-stocked lakes, that women shed their corsets to hike, fish, and play tennis, and that children learned to appreciate the great outdoors. Among the owners of the Great Camps there were the mining magnates Berthold Hochschild, Daniel Guggenheim, and Adolph Lewisohn, financiers J. Pierpont Morgan, Otto Kahn, and Isaac Newton Seligman, New York governor Levi Morton, President Benjamin Harrison, and the prominent philosopher William James and neuroscientist James Jackson Putnam. Women camp owners of note included Lucy Carnegie, Ma...

    • ASIN: 0926494473

  • Great Camps of the Adirondacks

    Adolph Lewisohn, requiring a staff of forty to minister to his guests' comfort in the wilds of the Adirondacks, imported to his camp a major-domo, barber, caddy, chess-player, singing teacher, and two chauffeurs, Majorie Merriweather Post made do with eighty-five servants for the sixty-five building of Topridge, which was approached by a private funicular railway and graced by a Russian dacha a token of affection for her third husband, a former ambassador to the Soviet Union.Equally magnificent was J.P. Morgan's Camp Uncas, Julius Bache's Wenonah Lodge, and William Seward Webb's Nehasane. These 'Great Camps' were to the beautiful and secluded Adirondack region what the 'Cottages' were to Newport: contradictions in terminology, but marvels of construction and architectural imagination. Truly fabulous structures, built primarily of wood and stone and set deep among the great forests, they are at once relics of a bygone age and prototypes for the contemporary architect, amateur builder, and historian.Harvey Kaiser traces the history of the Adirondacks from their first sighting by a European in 1535, through the eras of trapping, iron mining, and lumbering, to the development of railroad and steamboat lines that led to the influx of tourists and the building of the 'Great Camps.' The...

    • Brand: Brand: David R Godine
    • ASIN: 156792073X

  • Adirondack Style: Great Camps and Rustic Lodges

    This is the definitive book on the style, architecture, design, and natural beauty of the Adirondack Great Camps.      The Adirondack Great Camps as well as their furnishings are some of the most iconic of American architecture and design. Harkening back to nineteenth-century tycoons and continuing today, this style is driven by the call to a simpler life in harmony with these mountains. Approximately forty of these camps both historic and contemporary and their glorious environments represent this celebration of one of America's true regional treasures. An afterword by a curator of The Adirondack Museum highlights the craft tradition of the Great Camps. The wild beauty and serenity of the Adirondacks have always attracted those who sought a simpler life and a connection to nature. This is a land of spectacular beauty, with iconic elements such as the sugar maple and white birch; bobcat, beaver, and moose; majestic loon and great blue heron. It should come as no surprise then, that the robber barons and business tycoons of the 1800s turned to this leafy haven to escape the urban jungle. They constructed compounds in and around Raquette Lake as rustic getaways, and these grand structures became known as the Great Camps of the Adirondacks. Each Great Camp was more beautiful th...

    • Brand: Brand: Universe
    • ASIN: 0789322668

  • Great Camp Sagamore:: The Vanderbilts' Adirondack Retreat (Landmarks)

    Great Camp Sagamore was built by William West Durant and bought by Alfred Vanderbilt in 1901 to be his family's Adirondack retreat. Vanderbilt and his wife, Margaret, welcomed family and friends, who enjoyed its sprawling grounds and buildings for decades. After Margaret's death, though, the camp changed hands and began to decline until it was rescued by preservationists and then became a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Today, visitors to the camp participate in maintaining its grandeur, learning about and preserving the past. Read the remarkable story of one of the most unique places in the Adirondacks, written by Sagamore's director, Beverly Bridger.

    • Brand: Brand: The History Press
    • ASIN: 1609495896

  • Adirondack Style

    • Brand: Brand: Clarkson Potter
    • ASIN: 0609603612

  • A Visitor's Guide to Camp Santanoni: Adirondack Great Camp and National Historic Landmark

    This guide to the great camp explores its history, its Japanese-inspired architecture, and its abundant farm operation.

    • ASIN: 0967038847

  • Litchfield Park: Stories from an Adirondack Great Camp

    John Stock wore many hats, among them professional forester, property rights advocate, entrepreneur, writer and speaker, local historian, civic leader, and commissioner to the Adirondack Park Agency. For twenty-seven years he worked for the Litchfield Park Corporation. This book is a collection of stories about one of the unique Adirondack Great Camps, Litchfield, and its operations and owners through three generations. 111 pages, illustrations, photographs, softcover.

    • ASIN: 0910020485

  • Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at Adirondack Great Camp

    Engel, Robert, Kirschenbaum, Howard, Malo, Paul

    • Brand: Brand: Adirondack Architectural Heritage
    • ASIN: 0967038812

  • Kamp Kill Kare: Memories Of Life In An Adirondack Great Camp

    This book is written about the Wires family who lived year round for ten years at Kamp Kill Kare, one of the few remaining Adirondack Great Camps. It relates how they dealt with living back in the deep woods and how they adapted to the changing seasonal environment. The stories of deer and other wildlife will heighten your appreciation for the Adirondack Mountains. A first hand perspective brings a never before seen overview of Kamp Kill Kare and the surrounding wilderness. A variety of the author's original photographs assist in documenting this accounting.

    • Brand: Brand: Outskirts Press
    • ASIN: 1598000519