Living in nature—Adirondack rustic style. The first and foremost guide to the historic camps within America’s most spectacular forest preserve.
When Great Camps of the Adirondacks was originally published in 1982, it launched a campaign for the preservation of these architectural treasures, while also sparking a trend in Great Camp-inspired home design. This enlarged, second edition has more to offer than ever.
Preservationists will find a success story. Designers and builders will discover page after page of inspiration. All readers will see the history of a region unfold as Americans from the mid-1870s to the late 1930s, including the very wealthiest New Yorkers, sought the wilderness and made something new.
- Architectural history of remarkable wood and stone vernacular houses
- A social history of a fascinating region of America
Today, many of the ‘Great Camps’ are under nonprofit and state control, while others remain in private ownership—though the days have passed when investment bankers such as Adolph Lewisohn visited his ‘Great Camp’ 120 years ago with a staff of forty. Whatever the history and fate of each camp, they speak to us now as homes built to serve as beautiful reflections of the land itself.
Profusely illustrated with photographs, extensive captions, and a revised and expanded text, Kaiser has once again taken on the subject he knows best, and with style, enthusiasm, and purpose, carried it into the new century.