Saratoga’s Remarkable Architectural Heritage
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.