Renovation Success: Lake House in Lake Placid

Were you snowed in? Or do you wish you were? Burlington, Vermont is not and was not snowed in, but if I had to be snowed in somewhere, I’d definitely choose the marvelous Lake House in Lake Placid, NY. Remember the Lake House in all of its renovated mid-century, Adirondack, ski vibe?

Like any curious preservationist, I needed more information. I contacted the staff at High Peaks Resort (owners of the Lake House) and they were kind enough to share photos and a few renovation facts. Read on, traveling preservationists!

Originally opened as the Lakeside Motor Inn in 1961, it became the Lakeview Motor Inn in 1979, and provided a motel close to the lake with family amenities and entertainment. As other hotels were opened in Lake Placid, the motor inn fell out of favor, typical of most mid-century motels. Fortunately, this establishment has a success story

The Lakeside Motor Inn - after the Lake View Inn. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

The Lakeside Motor Inn  before the Lake View Inn name change. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

AWH Partners, a NYC based development firm, acquired High Peaks Resort (including the motor inn) in 2014 and began planning the renovation with the architectural firm Mapos of New York City and Tag Collective, the design firm. In spring 2014, the inn closed for approximately eight weeks while the work was completed. Although there were not particular historic preservation guidelines to follow (no Secretary of the Interior Standards or local ordinances for this project), the owners wanted to recover the feel of the original 1960s motel, which had been remodeled in the 1980s.

The Lake View lobby (great room) before the renovation.

The Lake View lobby (great room) before the renovation.

View of the lobby, prior to renovation. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort,

View of the lobby, prior to renovation. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort. Looks cozy, but not trendy.

The Lake House lobby (great room) after renovation. Click for photo source (Lake House website).

The Lake House lobby (great room) after renovation. Click for photo source (Lake House website). Note the open ceiling. Definitely a modern feel here!

The Lake House lobby (great room) after renovation.

The Lake House lobby, alternate view (great room) after renovation. Note the concrete floor.

Keeping the original feeling meant retaining and restoring the architectural form of the mid-century motel. A drop ceiling was removed in the great room (with the fireplace) to expose its A-frame architecture. Between the bar and the great room, a partition was removed to open up the space. Rather than replace the carpet, the concrete floors were re-finished and painted. You can see from the photos that the these changes were the right choice to give the hotel its “modern retro” feel. Read about creating the feel from Mapos.

Lake View room before renovation. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Lake View room before renovation. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Exterior, before. The renovation gave the motel its striking red touches! Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Exterior, before. The renovation gave the motel its striking red touches! Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Aerial of the hotel in the property, 1960. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Aerial of the hotel in the property, 1960. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Aerial of hotel property, 2014. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort.

Aerial of hotel property, 2014. Photo courtesy of High Peaks Resort. check out the development since 1960!

What a great project. Many 1960s hotel struggle to survive, but the Lake House is one of the lucky ones – a fresh face and it is paired with High Peaks Resort so its visitors can enjoy all of the resort amenities. Want to see more photos? Check out the Lake House website and this collection from Tag Collective. Beautiful, yes?

Know of any other successful mid-century motel renovations?

 

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Renovation Success: Lake House in Lake Placid

  1. John Dumville says:

    For a 1920’s look, check out White Pine Camp in Paul Smiths, New York which is near Lake Placid. This Adirondack Great Camp has been restored and is where President Coolidge spent one summer. You can rent one of the cabins of this Adirondack Great Camp today.

  2. Laurie says:

    We stayed here for my 50th birthday last summer! It was great! My sister planned it as a surprise since my favorite movie is “The Lake House”. The retro orange-red theme color really tied the place together. The staff was very nice as well. Would definitely stay here again.

    We sat up in the cool retro great room after each day’s activities and played games and laughed till we were silly. Never once did we turn the TV on in the room. Good old fashioned fun! My family commented that they should play retro music, not country, in the great room, though (I didn’t mind the country music!)

Have a thought to share?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s