Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Discover the Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton, which was the brainchild of Morton Marshall and J.B. Scopes.

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Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 1998, dates back to 1927.

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Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton was constructed during the “Roaring Twenties,” in which flappers, the radio, and the Art Deco movement defined the age.

Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton, is among the most prestigious destinations along Saranac Lake. Founded at the height of the Roaring Twenties, this magnificent historic hotel was the brainchild of Morton Marshall and J.B. Scopes. The two men wished to create a magnificent lakeside hotel that would appeal to the throngs of visitors that had ventured north to the lake each summer. Marshall and Scopes thus formed the Saranac Lake Hotel Corporation to facilitate the new hotel’s development. Built upon the grounds of a former high school, Hotel Saranac featured a stunning façade designed in Colonial Revival-style architecture. When it finally debuted in 1927, it was one of the most iconic structures to define the local landscape.

The hotel became a preferred venue for community meetings and events within five years of opening, hosting groups such as the Franklin County League of Women Voters, ADK Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Women's Organization for the National Prohibition Reform. This prosperity even enabled the hotel to create its iconic sign, which resided atop the roof until it was replaced with a replica in 2016. Paul Smith’s College officially purchased Hotel Saranac during the 1960s, in order to complement its “Hotel, Resort, and Culinary Management” program. The school initiated a series of ambitious renovations that saw the lobby ceiling restored to resemble its likeness to the Davanzati Palace in Florence, Italy. A proud member of Historic Hotels of America, Hotel Saranac is now part of Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ fantastic Curio Collection.

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