Saratoga’s Historic Architecture and Design

Classical Design Stands the Test of Time

Aerial View of Spa State Park Georgian Revival and Beaux-Arts designs bring style and grace to the Spa Park’s campus.
The central spa complex constructed in the mid-1930’sfeatured a designed landscape and seven complementary structures executed by a number of prominent architects.

J. H. Freedlander’s designs for the Hall of Springs and the Simon Baruch Research Institute stand out as the most beautifully detailed architectural treatments in the Spa Complex, yet all of its structures share a distinguished and harmonious design concept.

The landscape design of Arthur J. Brinckerhoff contributes to the sense of connection that brings the remaining structures of the complex -- the Roosevelt Baths, the Victoria Pool, the Bottling Plant, and the Gideon Putnam Hotel -- together into a larger whole. 

The State of New York continues to own all seven of these structures, and oversees their preservation for the visual enjoyment and inspiration of the people of New York and visitors to the Spa State Park.

Saratoga’s Vintage Victorian Houses

Grant Mansion Dozens of beautifully restored later-19th-century homes line the streets of Saratoga Springs.

Combining rich ornamentation and fine detail with an irregular skyline and contrasting textures, the architecture of these remarkable structures captures the mixture of refinement and ostentation that was so characteristic of Saratoga during the Gilded Age.

Saratoga’s Remarkable Architectural Heritage

Trask Memorial Saratoga Springs is a leader in the nation’s historic preservation movement.

During the 1960’s and 70’s, concerned Americans united with local governments and business leaders to launch a grassroots popular movement that would safeguard the unique architectural heritage of America’s communities.

Historic preservation helped Saratoga Springs to change, revive, and thrive.  Supported by city government and by landmark federal legislation passed in 1966, local preservationists began to identify and nominate historic houses and buildings in Saratoga for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic character of Saratoga Springs became a source of local pride and a key component of the city’s marketing campaign.  Today Saratoga Springs is home to six historic districts and can point to more than 900 local structures listed on the National Register.

Three of Saratoga Spring’s most important landmarks -- Saratoga Spa State Park, Congress Park, and the Canfield Casino -- have received designation from the National Park Service as National Historic Landmarks. 

Preserving Saratoga’s remarkable architectural heritage continues in the 21st century -- and so does Saratoga Spring’s reputation as a showcase for both the practice and the benefits of historic preservation.

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