Historic Saranac Lake has been awarded a grant to support the Cure Porch on Wheels project in 2019. The New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has approved $16,000 to support programming on Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history booth and mobile exhibit space.
This is the latest of a number of grants that have supported the project. In 2018, a NYSCA Museum Program grant supported the construction of the Cure Porch on Wheels.
The Cure Porch on Wheels project is modeled on the cure porches of Saranac Lake, where tens of thousands of people from around the world came to take the “fresh air cure” for tuberculosis.
Historic Saranac Lake is expected to host oral history days, temporary exhibits, and educational programs on the Cure Porch on Wheels. Constructed on a 16 foot trailer, the Porch is being designed to bring program local residents and visitors throughout the North Country. The Porch will also be available for use by local organizations to host arts and culture programs. It is designed to be universally accessible, solar powered, and heated for winter use. A collapsible stage is expected to make it a flexible venue for musical performances and other events.
Construction of the Cure Porch on Wheels is expected to wrap up this fall, thanks to the help of volunteers and professional builders. Don Rumble Carpentry completed the framing of the Porch in the spring. Martin Rowley led a team of volunteers to build the roof including Jim Meade, Ken Gochenaur, Marc Wanner, and Garrett and Miles from Garrett Foster Roofing. Blue Moon Builders designed, constructed, and installed custom wood windows and doors. Towing has been provided by Lee Foster and Bill Madden of Madden’s Transfer and Storage.
The Cure Porch on Wheels has been towed to the BOCES Building Trades Shop, where students under the leadership of Clarence Brockway will get hand-on experience applying the siding.
Photo of Blue Moon Builders installing custom made sliding windows on the Cure Porch provided by Historic Saranac Lake.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.