Church Street looking north The Church Street Historic District is an area in Saranac Lake that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It extends roughly along Church Street from Main Street to St. Bernard Street. It comprises twenty-seven buildings including three churches, a medical laboratory, ten homes, two libraries, and six Cure Cottages, most built between the late 1870s and 1900. 1

Church Street is one of the five original streets of the village, connecting River Street to Main Street. Most of the buildings have features reflecting their use as cure cottages by residents suffering from tuberculosis, especially the "cure porches" where patients were exposed daily, year round, to as much fresh air as possible.

Building Old Address New Address Date of Construction Notes
Werle Town House 2 Church St. 118 Church St. c. 1880 Queen Anne-style cure cottage. Together with the Werle Cottage, it was operated as a commercial private sanatorium by two women who had become friends while curing at the Meagher Cottage
Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician 4 Church St. 102 Church St. 1879 A Gothic Revival style church designed by R.M. Upjohn and built by R. Eugene Woodruff.
Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau house and office 5 Church St. 118 Main St. 1894 Colonial Revival residence designed by J. Lawrence Aspinwall for his cousin, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, the founder of the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium; a fire had destroyed Trudeau's 1884 home and laboratory on the same site.
Baldwin House 6 Church St. 94 Church St. 1899-1900 Designed by William L. Coulter
Saranac Laboratory 7 Church St. 89 Church St. 1894 Designed by J. Lawrence Aspinwall. Presently the home of Historic Saranac Lake.
Charles M. Lea House 8 Church St. 88 Church St. c. 1882 Dutch Colonial Revival residence
Dr. Frank Kendall Residence 12 Church St. 82 Church St. pre-1895 The Queen Anne-style residence of a local pharmacist.
Kinghorn-Sageman House 14 Church St. 78 Church St. c. 1880; remodeled 1917 The home of Dr. Hugh M. Kinghorn, who dramatically remodelled the Queen Anne style house into a Tudor Revival residence that was also used as his office. Designed by Scopes and Feustmann.
William Madden House 16 Church St. 72 Church St. 1889  
Dr. Anthony Gedroiz House 17 Church St. 73 Church St. c. 1880  
First United Methodist Church 19 Church St. 63 Church St. 1925-27 Gothic Revival-style stone church designed by Charles W. Bolton & Son, Architects, of Philadelphia. When it was built, its name was the "First Methodist Episcopal Church." 2
First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake 23 Church St. 57 Church St. 1880 Built by J.J. O'Connell
Dr. Lawrason Brown Office and Residence 104 Main St. 115 Main St. 1895 Colonial Revival house extensively remodeled in1907 by Scopes and Feustmann. Dr. Lawrason Brown was the Resident Physician at the Trudeau Sanatorium and an internationally known specialist in tuberculosis.
Conklin Cottage 108 Main St. 121 Main St. before 1879  
Werle Cottage 110 Main St. 129 Main St. c. 1880 Together with the Werle Town House, it was operated as a commercial private sanatorium by two women who had become friends while curing at the Meagher Cottage
Dr. Woods Price House 116 Main St. 133 Main St. 1910 The Colonial Revival residence of Virginian Dr. Woods Price, who came to Saranac Lake for his health.
Dr. John Sutherland House 118 Main St. 139 Main St. c. 1930  
St. Luke's Parish House 119 Main St. 136 Main St. 1891 Designed by Lawrence Aspinwall
St. Luke's Rectory 121 Main St. 142 Main St. c. 1893 Designed by Lawrence Aspinwall
123 Main Street 123 Main St. 148 Main St. pre-1895

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1. http://www.oprhp.state.ny.us/hpimaging/hp_view.asp?GroupView=3441 "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Church Street Historic District"
2. Charles Bolton Churches, Philadelphia Atheneum. Call #RBC Oversize, NA5210.B66 1910.

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