Public Realm


Huntington Camp provides an auxiliary educational facility for the State University at Cortland, New York. The camp serves the college as a meeting center for the faculty; a retreat for artists, writers, etc., as an outdoor educational center; a field station for biologists, botanists, geologists, etc. The site covers approximately 1,000 acres and approximately 3 miles of shoreline. Pine Knot Point is the only built-up area and contains a series of rambling, rustic Victorian structures that serve as classrooms, staff houses, library and dormitories.

The site is on a peninsula and is accessible only by boat, or in winter, over the ice. All building materials and equipment must be brought to the site across the lake. Large pontoons are available but the majority of the materials were transported in winter when the ice reached a depth of 2 to 4 feet and a road was plowed through the deep snow.

The simplicity of the structural system of exposed timbers, although reminiscent of the Adirondack style, had been used earlier in the Sproull House (1967), and later for the Cortland Historical Society, where timber was replaced with steel.

McDermott Hall

Huntington Camp, Raquette Lake, New York

William West Durant at Camp Pine Knot, top

Site plan of proposed development for five units, bottom only the one was built

Floor plan, top

Elevations, bottom

View from porch a modern interpretation of the Adirondack style introduced by William West Durand in the 1880s

Kristen Holmes