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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: 1840-1940

Berkeley House: 1909

Berkeley House: 1909

1909. "The Berkeley, Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Millinery

Millinery is a women's apparel for the head.
But it is also the design, manufacture and sale of hats and head-wear.
Useful to know, for me as foreigner.

Two Fires, 56 Years Apart

The first fire in 1925 claimed a portion of the original structure, then in the winter of 1981:

"SARANAC LAKE - Seventy-nine firemen from four companies battled flames and sub-zero temperatures in a vain effort to save the historic Berkeley Hotel Saturday night.

The firemen braved temperatures which reached 26 below zero in a futile attempt to save the 104 year-old, mostly wooden structure. The wind chill factor through much of the night was minus 40 or colder.

Twenty-two residents of the hotel were left homeless by the blaze. Six persons had to be rescued by snorkel' truck from the third floor roof and one was removed by ladder from the second story."

Now it's a park, Berkeley Green.

Completely different world.

Naturally, the hotel burned January 10, 1981.

The site, at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway, is now a small village park called Berkeley Green.

You Know What Happened

Actually survived the first fire in 1925, rebuilt and then ultimately done in by fire in January 1981. Full history on the Saranac Lake Wiki.

You Didn't Think This Was Still Standing, Did You?

The subsequent history of the hotel, with pictures, can be found here:

https://localwiki.org/hsl/Berkeley_House

Spoiler alert -- it burned down. Twice.

Fringe on top

The women in that carriage on the left have great hair. They seem like free spirits. I would take a ride with them.

 
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