Village of Lake George, New York
Lake George Village, in New York State’s scenic Adirondack Park is a popular tourist destination. To assist visitors and promote local business the Village of Lake George commissioned Saratoga Associates to design a $1.4 million Interpretive Center at a prominent Canada Street/Beach Road intersection. The year-round building is the first link in the Champlain Scenic Byways “Lakes to Locks” initiative that will eventually provide a series of similar educational facilities connecting historic and cultural resources across the upper Hudson and Champlain regions.
Saratoga Associates worked closely with municipal leaders to create an architectural centerpiece consistent with the rustic vernacular of Adirondack Region. The 3,500 square foot building includes a high quality Lake George interpretive display, manned information booth, and a public restroom facility. Large, open structure “porches” were designed at each entry – one facing the village downtown and one facing scenic Lake George. Exposed timber framing runs throughout the interior post and beam structure. The lakeside end of the building incorporated a handicapped ramp built into a heavily landscaped earth mound that transitions the slightly elevated building into the site.