Syracuse University Buildings:

Minnowbrook Conference Center

Minnowbrook, Main Lodge
Minnowbrook, Main Lodge, SU Photo & Imaging RS 8353

Acquired: 1954
Original Lodge: Constructed ca. 1900; destroyed by fire 1947
Reconstructed: 1949; destroyed by fire January 27, 1988
Reconstructed: 1988-1989
Occupied: July 1989
Cost: $2 million
Architects: Schleicher-Soper of Syracuse, NY
Contractor: Northeast Developers, Inc., Syracuse
Style: Great Camp or Grand Lodge style of Nineteenth Century
Materials: Exterior of Douglas fir logs, roof of western red cedar, Douglas fir tongue and groove floors, 4 of the 5 original stone fireplaces were salvaged
Space: 8,800 square feet; 28.6 acre property
Location: Syracuse University's Conference Center at Blue Mountain Lake in Adirondack State Park, New York


One-third larger than the lodge it replaced, the main lodge was reconstructed to retain the original architectural heritage while meeting updated building codes and energy-efficiency standards. It contains five fireplaces, 10 bedrooms, a dining room, and a Great Room with a 24-foot high cathedral ceiling with exposed trusses and balcony railings hand-hewn on site by Rocky Mountain Log Homes of Montana. A separate guesthouse incorporates the lodge's original ice house which was untouched by the fire. Also having survived the fire, the original boathouse, floatplane hangar and garage were each renovated and modernized.