Archive for June 1st, 2011
The Adirondack architectural style gets its name from its ruggedness, inspired by the Adirondack Mountains found in the state of New York. The camps there, known as the Great Camps, generally use materials that are easily acquired, and build them into their surroundings, giving them a more natural appearance. The Great Camps were built with a wealthy clientele in mind, yet still wanted to provide their guests with the opportunity to become one with nature while still being surrounded by the luxuries they were used to.
With this style of architecture, you will often-times see large log-cabin-esque buildings comprised of logs that may be split, peeled, or whole, and some may still contain bark and roots. Sometimes granite is used to accent the wood, both interior or outside. These buildings often contain fireplaces and chimneys, also made of cut stone and not of brick as you might normally see in homes. By using materials that are natural to the area, architects can limit the costs normally required to transport other materials to the area. This allows them to create more elaborate structures on the same budget.
Andrew Jackson Downing is responsible for introducing this architectural style to the United States back in 1850, and he came up with the inspiration for this style by visiting Swiss chalets. The rustic style appealed to many wealthy clients, and the abundance of materials allowed each home to be customized to its owner’s preferences very easily. This also meant that each home was extremely different both inside and out. Many of the interior decorations of these homes also featured rustic elements, and mounted animal heads and fish were popular accents to most of the homes, as were exposed beams, full logs on the interior walls, and naturally rough-cut stone accents. Homes and getaways made in this style are mostly found in Adirondack Park, the biggest state park in America. Though the park spans over 6 million acres, only 42% is open to the public.