New temporary signage has gone up at the Trudeau Building on the corner of Church and Main in downtown Saranac Lake, NY. Historic Saranac Lake purchased the historic building in 2018 for expansion of the Saranac Laboratory Museum next door.
The Trudeau Building, once restored, will house expanded exhibits presenting the history of Trudeau and tuberculosis in Saranac Lake, as well as the broader history of the Saranac Lake region. The Trudeau Building will also provide secure storage space for HSL’s growing museum collection, as well as a dedicated research room open to the public.
Historic Saranac Lake has raised over $3.7 million towards their total goal of $5.2 million to support purchase of the building, architectural design, construction, and museum exhibits.
Recognizing the importance of the project for downtown revitalization and historic preservation, the State of New York has supported the project with over $1.5 million in grant funding. Most recently, the project was awarded a $500,000 grant from the New York Main Street Downtown Anchor program to support a new handicap lift and mechanical systems. Private donors and foundation grants have stepped forward with over $1.2 million to-date.
In preparation for construction, Historic Saranac Lake and their office tenants moved out of the Trudeau Building in December. Asbestos abatement is underway, and construction is expected to begin later in the year.
In the meantime, Historic Saranac Lake continues to offer a busy slate of tours and other programs for people of all ages. Visitors are welcome at the Saranac laboratory Museum year-round, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. During Winter Carnival in February, the museum will be open with special hours and special activities. Historic Saranac Lake will also be hosting a pop-up exhibit on its mobile exhibit space, the Cure Porch on Wheels, at the ice palace.
For more information about Historic Saranac Lake visit their website.
Photo of new signage at the Trudeau Building provided.