Putnam Retreat

Project Brief

We traveled by canoe to the former summer camp at the north end of Indian Lake. The retired Rabbi and his spouse had been eyeing the property for years from the other end of the lake for a home and spiritual retreat. The 150 acres of near pristine woodlands was interrupted only by an occasional rustic reminder of camp life. All in all, six structures remained, but just barely.

Hudson Design convinced the Planning Board to allow us to convert the ruins into four usable structures: Main House, Yoga Studio, Boat House/Bike Shop and Guest House. The Main House filled the primary footprint of the Camp Infirmary which has a captivating long view down the center of the lake. The buildings are constructed of native stone and timber frame with copper details. Carpentry finishes and details were completed by local artisans giving the house a rustic artisan feel.

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