The Rustic Stone Fireplace...
Amazing Adirondack Designs!

The rustic stone fireplace designs featured here are the focal points of a treasure-trove of Adirondack retreats. Located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountain region of Upstate New York, these extraordinary examples span
a period of more than a century.

Though monumental in scale, their rugged surrounds and crackling fires epitomize the "cozy and comfortable" stone hearth. Oozing with welcom-
ing warmth, they provide a perfect spot for family and friends to gather around!

About the Adirondack Style

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  Adirondack Stone Hearth

The late 1860s ushered in the era of what has come to be known as Adirondack Great Camp architecture. Sprawling wilderness compounds consisting of numerous rustic buildings were built for wealthy American capitalists -- a practice that would continue, uninterrupted, for more
than 60 years.

Dotting the Adirondack Mountain region's lush green forests and shore-
lines along its pristine lakes, streams and rivers, the Great Camps fea-
tured picturesque buildings crafted from a variety of  natural  materials
such as native stone. In addition to hand-hewn logs -- both peeled and unpeeled (with bark left on) -- Adirondack siding options included wood-
en shingles, tree bark, wavy wood, and board and batten . . . to provide contrast and texture. Tree branches and twigs were frequently used on porches and gables to further enhance the rustic look and feel.

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"Zigfield Lodge," pictured above, was built for investment
banker and philanthropist Jules Bache (1861-1944)


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The two rustic stone fireplaces that follow are at Great Camp Sagamore Lodge . . . . . a rustic retreat built in 1895-1897 by camp designer and de-
veloper William West Durant.     Pur-
chased by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
in  1900,  Sagamore Camp was sub-
sequently expanded and enhanced. Designated a National Historic Land-
mark in May,  2000,  it is currently
open to the public.


The majestic stone fireplace pictured at right is located in the compound's "Playhouse." Pictured below is one of the historic main lodge's stone sur-
rounds.



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The quaint and cozy room that follows is part of "Camp Moss Rock," de-
signed in the 1930s by architect William Distin.  Anchoring the room is a large rustic stone fireplace surround with a timber mantel shelf supported by wooden corbels.

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The monumental "walk-in" fireplace pictured below is one of two massive stone hearths at opposite ends of an equally monumental living room in the main lodge at "Camp Topridge." Constructed in the 1920s for cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, this 68 building complex is the grande dame of Adirondack Great Camps.    It was designed by architect Theodore Blake, along with master builder Benjamin Muncil.

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rustic stone fireplace

Following are 2 rustic rock fireplaces
at the Lake Placid Lodge,  a  luxury Adirondack hotel and resort. Built in 1882  as  a private retreat made of stone and shingles with twig-framed porches, it was converted to a hotel
in 1946.   However, a disastrous fire
in 2005 destroyed the camp.   Rising
like a phoenix from the ashes, a stun-
ning  new  Main  Lodge  was  subse-
quently built that includes 50 hand-
crafted fireplace surrounds.



Pictured above, right, is a beautiful rustic stone hearth that extends from floor to ceiling and features meticulous detailing. The striking room pictured below includes a cozy corner fireplace and an Adirondack Style bed cre-
ated by local artisans.

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Since  the  1990s, Adirondack architecture has enjoyed a booming resur-
gence of interest.    Original Great Camp buildings are being restored and
new structures are frequently springing up.

A soaring rustic stone fireplace anchors the great room of a rambling guest cabin at "Camp John Brown."  The cabin, itself, as well as a variety of ad-
ditional picturesque structures in the compound, were designed by Michael Bird of Adirondack Design.  Striking vertical logs line the interior walls . . . capped with a band of horizontally stacked logs.     Piercing that band are several diamond shaped windows -- a trademark of Michael's designs.

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rustic stone fireplace

The  stunning fireplace surround pictured at right almost screams "Adirondack Style!"    Beautifully designed  and  built  using multi-
colored granite stones around an arched firebox  opening,  it  fea-
tures  a  rustic  birch log mantel
shelf. Rising from mantel shelf to ceiling  is  a  finely crafted over-
mantel made of white birch logs
and bark.


Photo Credit: Roger Wade Studio


The Adirondack retreat pictured below features a striking wraparound porch with a rustic stone fireplace.    Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors,
along with her husband, Leigh, designed it as a getaway for their own personal use. Adding contrast and a splash of color to the stone hearth
are comfy overstuffed chairs with scarlet red upholstery.

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