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Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann

This Port Henry diner was a moveable feast

A lot of times when we talk about the North Country's architectural heritage we're talking about great camps in the Adirondacks, or we're celebrating the fabulous brick buildings that anchor our small town main streets.

But in Port Henry, New York, in the Champlain Valley, there's a cool little diner that dates back to the 1920s. It was a mass-produced eatery built in Rochester and shipped to the North Country by rail and then drawn by a team of horses.

For more than half a century the diner has survived, sometimes open for business, sometimes sitting empty.

Now the eatery is back in action and you can often find our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann there eating breakfast or lunch.  Go to full article
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright#mediaviewer/File:Frank_Lloyd_Wright_portrait.jpg">Al Ravenna</a>, public domain
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Al Ravenna, public domain

Transportation museum builds Wright gas station

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A New York auto museum is ready to take the wraps off a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station that never made it off the drawing board during the architect's lifetime.

The Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum will open the filling station on Friday, more than 11 years after acquiring the 1927 plans from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Go to full article
The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register.  Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fitch_Asa_1809-1879.jpg">unknown</a>, public domain
The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register. Photo: unknown, public domain

Five North Country properties proposed for historic recognition

A state board is recommending that 21 new properties across New York be added to the register of state and national historic places.

The designation is designed to help preserve historic sites, many of them held in private hands, through tax credits. Five of the proposed landmarks are here in the North Country.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse's grand staircase. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse's grand staircase. Photo: Mark Kurtz

In pictures, the history of the St. Lawrence County Courthouse

The county courthouse is the hub of a county's government, but most of us only visit for the county clerk, DMV, or (if we're unlucky) a trip to court or the county jail.

Most of the county courthouses in New York were built in the 1800s, with updates and even rebuilds since then. Some courthouse buildings are mundane, others - like St. Lawrence County's, in Canton - are magnificent.  Go to full article
A new plan for Hurricane and St. Regis fire towers was reviewed Thursday by the Adirondack park Agency. Photo: Brian Mann
A new plan for Hurricane and St. Regis fire towers was reviewed Thursday by the Adirondack park Agency. Photo: Brian Mann

NY to restore Hurricane, St. Regis fire towers

State officials are moving forward with plans to restore two historic fire towers in the Adirondacks.

The towers on Hurricane Mountain near Keene and St. Regis Mountain north of Saranac Lake will be rebuilt and opened to the public according to a plan unveiled yesterday.  Go to full article
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Potsdam Museum curator Mimi Van Deusen stands outside the museum, built of sandstone. Photo: Todd Moe

Uncovering Potsdam's sandstone past and present

Potsdam's iconic red rock takes center stage this week during the fourth Sandstone Festival. Todd Moe talks with organizer and Potsdam Museum Curator Mimi Van Deusen about the walking tours, history lectures and activities celebrating the legacy of Potsdam sandstone.  Go to full article
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Andy Flynn
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Saranac Lake's historic churches

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy profiles some of the historic churches in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters
The sign above the Hotel Saranac has long welcomed visitors, but for years the destination has been in decline. Photo: Susan Waters

Gov. Cuomo takes personal interest in Hotel Saranac deal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken an interest in a New Hampshire-based company's plan to buy and renovate an iconic hotel in downtown Saranac Lake. The governor participated in a conference call Monday about Roedel Companies' proposal to acquire the Hotel Saranac.

On Tuesday, Cuomo dispatched the head of Empire State Development to Saranac Lake for a meeting with the project's developer, who's seeking $5 million from the state.

The pending sale of the Hotel Saranac is one of two major hotel deals announced within two weeks of each other this summer in Saranac Lake. Both projects have been generating a lot of interest and plenty of enthusiasm in the community.  Go to full article
Terra cotta architectural design. Photo: Ashley Hitzel/WBFO
Terra cotta architectural design. Photo: Ashley Hitzel/WBFO

Tech gives terra cotta facades a facelift

Upstate New York is loaded with beautiful architectural treasures, most of them from the 19th and 20th century. And many of them need a facelift. A long-running western New York business is creating terra-cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The Innovation Trail's Ashley Hirtzel reports from Buffalo.  Go to full article
Lorraine Franklin, in front of her gift shop sign. Photo: Sarah Harris
Lorraine Franklin, in front of her gift shop sign. Photo: Sarah Harris

Addison County, VT: A point of intersection

Addison County, Vermont, is home to wide swaths of farmland, quaint towns, and the western slope of the Green Mountains. It's also home to one of the two bridges that cross Lake Champlain. The bridge is a lifeline for people who live on one side of the lake and work on the other. But when the old bridge was demolished in 2009, commuters had to find another way around. Lorraine Franklin owns a gift shop in West Addison, Vermont. The bridge closure directly affected her businesses -- so she decided to fight back.  Go to full article

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