I find the parallels of building Adirondack homes –also know as Great camps to be an interesting look at how the past ingrains itself in our present. A handful of well known men came together to form a group in 1858 called the “Philosopher’s club”. They were lead by Landscape artist William Stillman and a guide named Steve Martin, the group of 10 consisted of two lawyers, two scientists, two doctors, two writers and two poets one being Ralph Waldo Emerson. These men from Boston and Cambridge Massachusetts, were the dandies of their day…but they were out of their element in the woods of Upstate New York…this realization inspire one poem written by Emerson:
Look to yourselves, ye polished gentlemen!
No city airs or arts pass current here.
Your rank is all reversed; let men or cloth
Bow to the stalwart churls in overalls:
_They_ are the doctors of the wilderness,
And we the low-prized laymen.
In sooth, red flannel is a saucy test
Which few can put on with impunity.
What make you, master, fumbling at the oar?
Will you catch crabs? Truth tries pretension here.
The sallow knows the basket-maker's thumb;
The oar, the guide's. Dare you accept the tasks
He shall impose, to find a spring, trap foxes,
Tell the sun's time, determine the true north,
Or stumbling on through vast self-similar woods
To thread by night the nearest way to camp?
Stillman an accomplished and well known paint at the time shared these thoughts of his experience: “I became more fascinated by the solitude and savagery of the wilderness than by anything paintable”.
Fast Forward 150 years – we seek the same feelings
The Families we build these beautiful homes for are Doctors, Lawyers and captains of industry during the week, but long to be part of nature when they escape the city. Much like the Philosophers club of 150 years ago.
Custom rustic designs don't come together without a fair amount of hard work and an eye for details.
Post and beam, intricate stone and hand split cedar shakes...appear rustic, casual and campy.
Combining architectural shingles and copper roofing adds texture and appeal to this modern camp.
Last but not least a great mountain setting for your custom designed Adirondack master piece.
Our skilled craftsmen make these homes feel casual and inviting...yet maintaining that woodsy appearance of a classic great camp born from the Adirondack -post and beam style of days gone by.
Another spring day, enjoying the view of mt Washington from the top of loon mountain ski area.