William L. Distin, the photographer, identified this house as the Lennon Cottage, and dated the photo as January to February 1899. Distin stood on Church Street and aimed his camera roughly northwest toward Berkeley Square. On the right, the two big gables with the flag flying above them are the back, south side of the Saranac Lake High School on Main Street The line of the elaborate picket fence heads directly toward the tower of the first Harrietstown Town Hall in the left background. No one has seen this view since the mid-1920s when the house was torn down to make way for the John Black addition, completed in 1928, to the Saranac Laboratory, on the far right in the picture. The site of the Lennon Cottage has become the parking area for the Paul Smith's College residence hall which now occupies the lot to the left. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 16, 2013.
Address: 81 Church Street
Old Address: 9 Church Street
Lake Placid News, January 23, 1914
Social Club project
It was reported at the meeting of the Board of Trade last week Wednesday that the Lennon cottage on Church street could be obtained for about $1600 a year, which included rent, light and heat etc. This would mean a payment of ten dollars apiece by 100 members. The Club if organized could lease the cottage for $100 a month. Five of the seven bed rooms of the building could be reserved for guests and visitors. An informal poll along Main street and Broadway had shown that fifty per cent were in favor of the Club, thirty opposed and twenty per cent doubtful or indifferent. After a considerable discussion 25 of the thirty men present signed a paper agreeing to join the Club if it should be organized.