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Great Camp Santanoni on the Santanoni Preserve in Newcomb, NY in the Adirondacks has been in existence since 1892 being built by the famous Banking Magnate of Albany Robert C. Pruyn.  The design was done by Robert Robertson who did the amazing Albany State House still in use today.  Santanoni was built by the woodsmen and residents of Newcomb using woodsman techniques by felling timber locally at the site and using stone that was local for the foundations and huge chimney stacks.  The walls were all logs with the ends notched in the typical overlapping style and the logs were peeled and varnished and were originally bring and light.  Over the years they have naturally darkened and contrast nicely with the tiny pane windows with the bright red stiles and rails, and mullions.

It was said on the long horse drawn wagon trail to Santanoni (2 hours from the gatehouse) that you cannot see the entire building of Santanoni at once and it was “Impossible to Photograph”.  I didn’t understand this until we arrived.  It was HUGE and long and sprawling through the forest and along the lake front.  You could not go way out in front of it to photograph because there was the icy cold lake right up to the porches.  If you went behind, there were steep hills and boulders and thick forest.   This was definitely a good place for a drone which I did not have and was questionable whether you could legally fly there.  A helicopter would be nice too.

The Great Camp is composed of many many similar buildings that are connected by walkways and covered roofs. The Kitchen Wing you see here was separate because of fire risk as each of the other buildings were separate but connected.

Here are some of the first views:

ISO 100, F/9, 1/25 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/25 sec, 35 mm Lens

F/9, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 32 mm Lens

F/9, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 32 mm Lens

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