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October 10, 2013

Fort Ti ponders Pavilion renewal

TICONDEROGA — Fort Ticonderoga officials are seeking preservation and restoration opportunities for The Pavilion, the historic Pell family summer home and one-time hotel on the grounds.

Using a $10,000 National Trust grant, the fort has historic-preservation architect John G. Waite going over the structure of The Pavilion with the goal of issuing a report containing recommendations for its renewed use.

“The walls of The Pavilion are telling us its story, and we have the rare moment in time to witness it,” fort Chief Executive Officer Beth Hill said. 

“The next chapter is determining the repurposing of the structure. It’s one of the oldest summer homes and the oldest hotel in the Lake George region.”

ADAPTIVE REUSE

Hill said they’re looking at the preservation and restoration opportunities the fort has as it plans the future use of the structure.

“The research is unfolding before us, and it will inform the future adaptive reuse of a very important historic structure.”

Fort Ticonderoga recently commissioned Waite to produce a document called “Historic Structures Report and Interior Study on The Pavilion.”

The report findings will help Fort Ticonderoga’s new Comprehensive Plan, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year, Hill said. 

The Comprehensive Plan is being done by PGAV, a global destination planning firm from Kansas City, Mo.

PRESTIGIOUS VISITORS

The Pavilion was built as a summer home in 1826 by William Ferris Pell. He and his family occupied it in the 1830s, but by the early 1840s, the house had begun to be used as a hotel, its primary function through 1900.

“As a hotel, the house welcomed travelers passing through Ticonderoga while traveling by steamboat on Lake George and Lake Champlain,” Hill said.

She said the hotel accommodated such guests as Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln; prominent French and Indian War historian Francis Parkman; and Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard.

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