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December 20, 2013

Paul Smiths property nominated for historic registers

PAUL SMITHS — Northbrook Lodge is included on a list of 33 candidates for addition to the state and national registers of historic places.

Construction on the camp on Osgood Pond began in 1919.

“(It) represents the wealth and prestige of its original owners, the McDougald family of Montreal, Canada, who, like many others of their stature, developed seasonal properties in the Adirondack region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” a press release from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said. 

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the inclusion of Northbrook and 32 other properties, resources and districts to the registers.

Located in Franklin County, the camp is the only North Country candidate.

Now private property, the 10-acre Northbrook Lodge on White Pine Road in the Brighton hamlet of Paul Smiths had, in 2010, been promoted by I Love NY’s “where to stay” page, offering 15 rooms, each with a fireplace, conference facilities, swimming and boating “on a quiet lake.”

“I applaud the owners and stewards of these historic properties for taking part in New York’s preservation efforts,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the release. 

“Placing these landmarks on the state and national registers of historic places is an important tool in their long-term survival and helps communities embrace their history and culture.”

Listing on the registers can help property owners revitalize the structures, as it makes them eligible for public preservation programs and services.

Among them might be matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

“The state and national registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archaeology and culture of New York state and the United States,” the release said. 

Once recommendations are OK’d by the State Historic Preservation Office, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on that list.

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