Will Rogers Memorial Hospital

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Will Rogers Memorial Hospital
Saranac Village at Will Rogers.jpg
Former Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, November 2008
Will Rogers Memorial Hospital is located in New York
Will Rogers Memorial Hospital
Will Rogers Memorial Hospital is located in the US
Will Rogers Memorial Hospital
Location NY 86, Saranac Lake, New York
Coordinates 44°18′39″N 74°6′51″W / 44.31083°N 74.11417°W / 44.31083; -74.11417Coordinates: 44°18′39″N 74°6′51″W / 44.31083°N 74.11417°W / 44.31083; -74.11417
Area 5.8 acres (2.3 ha)
Built 1928
Architect Scopes, William E.
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 83001679[1]
Added to NRHP September 8, 1983

Will Rogers Memorial Hospital is a historic tuberculosis sanatorium located at Saranac Lake in Essex County, New York. It was built in 1928 by the National Vaudeville Artists association, who previously sent patients to the Kennedy Cottage. It is a three story, "T" shaped, steel frame and reinforced concrete structure above a raised basement. It is faced in stucco and decorative half-timber framing in the Tudor Revival style. It features asymmetrical massing, a four story polygonal tower with a hexagonal roof, and three story pavilions with recessed sleeping porches. It was named in honor of entertainer Will Rogers (1879-1935) in 1936 and provided unconventional tubercular treatment to entertainment industry patients from 1930 to 1974. It also was open as a Night Club but when casinos were voted down in New York, it was closed. Then it was open as an apartment house. It stood abandoned for years slowly deteriorating. It was briefly used as press headquarters for the 1980 Winter Olympics.[2] Finally it was bought and after a huge renovation was done both to the outside and inside, it currently houses an independent living facility known as Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-08-01.  Note: This includes Raymond W. Smith (July 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Will Rogers Memorial Hospital" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-01.  and Accompanying six photographs

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