Children: Natalie Price Guggenheim Short
Edmond A. Guggenheim was a philanthropist and an heir to one of the largest family fortunes in U.S. history. He was the son of Murry Guggenheim (Daniel Guggenheim's brother) and the grandson of Meyer Guggenheim, immigrant who immigrated from Switzerland and, starting as an itinerant peddler, built an immense mining and smelting empire. Edmond Guggenheim helped supervise the family's copper holdings for nearly fifty years. He built Guggenheim Camp on Lower Saranac Lake, which he owned from 1917 to 1963.
Mr. Guggenheim's philanthropy supported a number of local institutions, including:
- Deeded Rock Ledge and Idle Point Parcels to Wadhams Hall, 1963.
- $85,000 to be used to build a dorm, dining hall and chapel / classroom to house the Summer Language Institute, where seminarians were prepared for work in the Latin American Missions, 1963.
- $50,000 to be invested and income used to maintain the buildings and property, 1968.
Saranac Lake General Hospital / Adirondack Medical Center
- $700,000 to construct the third floor of the new hospital on Lake Colby Drive in memory of his first wife Marron Price Guggenheim.
- $300,000 bequest to the hospital.
Saranac Lake Free Library
- $27,000 to build the Natural History Room and the Charles Dickert memorial wing.
- Contributed to the purchase of the William C. Munson Collection of over 500 pieces of material on the Adirondacks covering 1837-1949.
- $30,000 to North Country Community College
- $50,000 to St. Bernard's Church to assist in building the new church.
- $35,000 donated land value on which Trudeau Institute was built on the former site of the Algonquin Hotel.
- Financial support for the Saranac Lake Golf Club
Source: Guggenheim Camp History Day display, created by Liz Bennett, 2008. View display for individual sources.
Lake Placid News, August 17, 1917
The two Limburg camps on Lower Saranac Lake, Rock Ledge and Idle Point, will pass into the possession of Edmond Guggenheim shortly. Mr. Guggenheim, who occupied them last summer with his father, Daniel Guggenheim, leased the Floyd-Jones camp this year, while the Limburg camps have been occupied by their owner, Mrs. Richard Limburg.
2011-07-17 16:46:03 Mr. Guggenheim's father was Murray Guggenheim, not Daniel. —126.96.36.199