Main Street runs north from its junction with Lake Street and Kiwassa Road at the Lake Flower dam. It bends to the east at its intersection with Broadway, and continues a block past Church Street, where it becomes Dugway Road shortly before ending at Pine Street. It is one of the earliest streets in the village.
Main Street near the Riverside Inn showing the old Harrietstown Town Hall, 1920s. Photograph by William F. Kollecker. Main Street with Berkeley Hotel right, Roberts Block center, Saranac Lake High School left. Photograph by William Henry Jackson, 1906
Main Street and Broadway, 1930s
Main Street at the corner of River Street, from left, the porch of the Empire Hotel, the old Town Hall, Walton and Tousley, the Tousley Building apparently under construction, Little Joe's, the Donaldson Block, and the Haase Block are all visible. The sign for the Blue Bird Tea Room can be seen at right. (c. 1924) (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, undated clipping)
More photographs here.
|Old Address||Post-911 Address||Building Name/Notes||Cure Evidence|
|Starts at Lake Street (West), Riverside Drive (East)|
|2 Main Street||3 Main Street||#1 & #3, Paul Smith's Electric Light and Power and Railroad Company|
|10 Main Street||17 Main Street||10 Main Street||TBSBC|
|12 Main Street||21-23 Main Street||Currier Block, Cure Cottages, p. 106|
|Crosses the Saranac River on the Main Street Bridge|
|16 Main Street||Site vacant since 1958||16 Main Street torn down for the LaPan Highway. Behind it was the Adirondack Bottling Works|
|18 Main Street||Site vacant since 1958||See 16 Main Street||Toole Cottage, F. M. Bull's Drugs||DIS 1933|
|20 Main Street||Site vacant since 1958||Also 22 Main. Gruber Cottage||DIS 1913|
|24 Main Street||Site vacant since 1958||Also 26 Main. Seaver A. Miller Cottage (destroyed), Image|
|Crosses the George LaPan Highway (West, after 1957), River Street (East)|
|25 - 29 Main Street||38 Main Street||Spaulding Block The first brick building in Saranac Lake.|
|27 Main Street||
|28 Main Street||39 Main Street||Empire Hotel (destroyed), Image||SLD1906, SLD1908, DIS 1911|
|30 Main Street||39 Main Street||Harrietstown Town Hall|
|31 Main Street||
||Mrs. Carter Cottage 2||DIS 1912|
|33 Main Street||
||Saranac Lake Hardware Apartments||DIS 1933|
|34 Main Street||43 Main Street||was 34-36, Walton & Tousley Hardware/Rice Furniture|
|35/37 Main Street||42 Main Street||
||Kendall's Grocery, Albany Market, third business building on east side of Main, torn down in 1945?||SLD1906, DIS 1912|
|36 Main Street||43 Main Street||See 34 Main Street||was 34-36. Magill residence in 1910, Slater Cottage (DIS 1911), Cure Cottages, p. 67|
|38 Main Street||49 Main Street||was 38-40, Tousley Building|
|39 Main Street||
||Ryan's Livery, Harris Cottage||SLD1906, DIS 1913|
|41 Main Street||
||Edelberg's Furs, Munn Brothers||SLD1906|
|41 1/2 Main Street||
||Crakow Cottage||DIS 1929|
|42 Main Street||51 Main Street||was 42-44, Milo Miller Store, A. Goldsmith & Son, E.L. Finnegan's Shoes|
|43 Main Street||48 Main Street||43 Main Street, Waterhole, Cure Cottages, p. 105, 106|
|44 Main Street||51 Main Street||See 42 Main Street||A. Goldsmith Cottage||DIS 1911|
|45 Main Street||52 Main Street||was 45-49, Green's Market/Artists Guild/Edelberg's Furs/Hogan Block, Nutter's Shoe Store|
|46 Main Street||55 Main Street||46 Main Street, the Book Store|
|48 Main Street||57 Main Street||Little Joe's, Cure Cottages, p. 61|
|49 Main Street||52 Main Street||
See 45 Main Street
||Charlie Green's Market||SLD1906|
|50 Main Street||59 Main Street||See 48 Main Street||50 Main Street, Altman's (1924-32), Emily Durell's Gifts, Roby's Gifts, Little Joe's|
|51 Main Street||Now part of the Sears parking lot||51 Main Street, Pot Shop|
|52 Main Street||61 Main Street||Central Market, Gibney's Market, Post Office Pharmacy||SLD1906, SLD1908|
|53 Main Street||62 Main Street||was 65-67, Linwood Cottage/Sears parking lot, Image, Cure Cottages, p. 9 & 105||DIS 1911|
|53 1/2 Main Street||Site vacant, 2009||53 1/2 Main Street (behind Linwood)||DIS|
|54 Main Street||63-65 Main Street||was 54-56-58, Donaldson Block|
|55 1/2 Main Street||Site vacant, 2009||Perez Cottage (behind Newberry's)||DIS 1930|
|56 Main Street||63 Main Street||See 54 Main Street||Donaldson Block Cure Cottages, p. 63||SLD1908, NYC1915|
|58 Main Street||See 54 Main Street||Distin's Studio||SLD1906|
|60 Main Street||67 Main Street||See 54 Main Street||Reuben Reynolds Cottage (destroyed), Adirondack National Bank (destroyed)|
|61-65 Main Street||66 Main Street||Mrs. Lucius Evans Cottage, Image|
|62 Main Street||67 Main Street||was 62-64, 60-64 Haase Block||SLD1908|
|63 Main Street||Main Street||Alfred A. Moody Insurance|
|64 Main Street||67 Main Street||See 62 Main Street||64 Main Street (Haase Block)||DIS|
|65/67 Main Street||66 Main Street||Newberry's, now Sears|
|68 Main Street||69 Main Street||was 68-70, Telephone Exchange/Reuben Reynolds/Trudeau|
|69 Main Street||74 Main Street||Post Office Building, later Meyers Drugs; Cure Cottages, p. 66||DIS|
|68 1/2 Main Street||75 Main Street||68 1/2 Adirondack National Bank||SLD1910-11|
|70 Main Street||75 Main Street||Humidor|
|71 Main Street||76 Main Street||was 71-79, Coulter Block|
|74 Main Street||77 Main Street||was 74-76, Fowler Block||DIS 1912|
|77 Main Street||79 Main Street||See 71 Main Street||Endicott-Johnson Shoes|
|78 Main Street||79 Main Street||was 78-80, Roberts Block/Finnigan||DIS 1911|
|82 Main Street||81 Main Street||Kendall Building|
|84 Main Street||85 Main Street||Mulflur Building|
|83 Main Street||86 Main Street||was 83-85, Leonard's Department Store|
|Intersection with Broadway (West)|
|89 Main Street||90 Main Street||Harding Block/E. J. Kennedy's|
|Passes Academy Street (Southeast)|
|90 Main Street||Berkeley Square||Berkeley House (burned)||DIS 1928-1952|
|94 Main Street||97 Main Street||94 Main Street, Blue Gentian/Corvo's, Cure Cottages, p. 107, E. L. Finnegan's Shoe and Clothing Store|
|96/98 Main Street||Vest Pocket Park||98 Main Street, originally the home of W.F. Roberts Image|
|100 Main Street||109 Main Street||Guild House, (demolished- now site of the expanded Library) Image, Image|
|102 Main Street||109 Main Street||Saranac Lake Free Library,|
|95 - 101 Main Street||100 Main Street||Hotel Saranac||DIS 1952-54|
|99 - 103 Main Street||Odd Fellows Hall|
|104 Main Street||115 Main Street||Lawrason Brown Office and Residence, Image||DIS 1911|
|105 Main Street||118 Main Street||Edward Livingston Trudeau house and office, Image (burned), Image|
|108 Main Street||121 Main Street||Conklin Cottage|
|110 Main Street||now roadway||Address of the Werle Town House before it was moved to Church Street|
|Crosses Church Street|
|112 Main Street, changed to 110 when Church St. was extended||129 Main Street||Werle Cottage, Image, Image||JOL1931, SLA1935, PHR1930, NYC1915|
|112 Main Street||112 Main Street no longer exists||DIS|
|116 Main Street||133 Main Street||Woods Price House||DIS 1911|
|117 Main Street||Main Street||117 Main Street St. Luke's Parish House|
|118 Main Street||139 Main Street||118 Main Street||DIS|
|121 Main Street||142 Main Street||121 Main Street|
|123 Main Street||148 Main Street||123 Main Street||NYC1915|
|132 Main Street||124 Main Street|
|141 Main Street||141 Main Street||DIS|
|144 Main Street||191 Main Street||144 Main Street||TBSBC, NYC1915|
|150 Main Street||197 Main Street||Tanzini Cottage||TBSBC 1930|
|152 Main Street||199 Main Street||Tanzini Cottage 2||DIS 1930|
|163 Main Street||Rodwell Cottage 2||DIS 1911|
|Ends at Pine Street|
View from Main Street at the foot of Lake Street, 1930s
Main Street looking northeast in front of the Hotel Saranac, 1930s
Main Street from Church Street, 1930s
The text below is from a caption published for the picture above at right by the Watertown Times in 1948. For information on the caption, see Old Saranac Lake photographs
SARANAC LAKE ABOUT 1900—Looking up Main street from the Berkely Hotel, a photographer, thought to be George Baldwin or William Adams, captured an early morning scene from the top balcony of the Berkeley Hotel on Berkeley Square.
The building on the extreme right served the village as its post office for many years. Today it houses the Horton Flower shop. The horse and buggy in front of the building is the Trudeau Sanatorium bus which carried people and supplies to and from the famous sanatorium. The house and buggy bus has been succeeded by a new station wagon in 1948.
The long white building on the left, the Lute Evans cottage, was one of the first tourist homes in Saranac Lake and for many years the late John D. Rockefeller, Sr., stayed in the Evans House during summer vacations. Next to the postoffice is the original Kendall pharmacy. Built by Dr. Frank E. Kendall in 1893 after he left the employ of F. M. Bull who operated the first pharmacy at 18 Main street. Still the Kendall pharmacy the building has been remodeled and modernized.
The cottage beside the Kendall building today houses the T. F. Finnigan Clothing company. The two houses that follow and face on Main street were known as the Rube and Rant Reynolds houses. They were used for many years as tourist houses and today serve as the site for many buildings including the Adirondack Enterprise the Adirondack National Bank and Trust company, the Federal Savings and Loan and others.
In the rear left center of the building can be seen the original Harrietstown town hall which was replaced by the modern town hall after fire razed it in 1926. The original site of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the fire allegedly started somewhere in the shop of the newspaper late in the evening. The publisher of the paper, John S Ridenour, printed the paper in Malone while his equipment was being salvaged.
Along with completely destroying town records and the newspaper office, the fire also destroyed much property belonging to the Odd Fellows lodge who also held their meetings in the building.
Watertown Daily Times, 1939 Watertown Daily Times, 1939 1
Highlight of the Saranac Lake celebration of July 4, 1892, was the firemen's parade pictured above [left]. The photograph was taken from a point on Main street now the site of Riverside park. The fire team is racing in a direction away from Berkeley Square and is passing the old town hall. Berkeley Square cannot be seen as Main street turns to the right just before the Square.
The wooden town hall of this picture was completely destroyed in 1927 by fire. It was later replaced by the imposing brick structure of today. In 1892 there was no town clock in the town hall tower. Today there is one.
At the left foreground is the residence of Judge Seaver A. Miller. The entire length of Main street has been changed by construction of modern buildings and the extension of the business section to the neighborhood of the town hall. Then, as now, Berkeley Square was the center of the shopping district.
In the background may be seen one of the many surrounding mountains overlooking the village.
Main Street, c. 1909; the Post Office Building and the sign for the Bijou Theatre, at right, c. 1902 (From Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks: The North Woods City of Health and Opportunity, Mid Winter Carnival, 1909. Courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room, Saranac Lake Free Library) West side of lower Main Street, c. 1909 (From Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks: The North Woods City of Health and Opportunity, Mid Winter Carnival, 1909. Courtesy of the Adirondack Research Room, Saranac Lake Free Library) The wooden buildings of Saranac Lake's earliest commercial district had open porches that were later enclosed. The one-story building with snow on the roof is now the Post Office Pharmacy. Beyond it, the facades are still familiar today, though the poles and wires are not. On the right side of the street was Mrs. Lucius Evans Cottage, later replaced by the store that is now Sears. The sunny open space was the lawn of the Linwood Cottage, and far right are the open porches of what is now the Adirondack Artists' Guild. West side of lower Main Street, undated. Courtesy of Mary Hotaling
Main Street looking northeast from outside the Hotel Saranac; TB Nurse Alberta Kenny Bodah with Edward Livingston Trudeau house and office and St. Luke's Church visible at right in background, late 1930s/early 1940s. Photo property of Dan Bodah.
Main Street looking northeast from outside the Hotel Saranac; unknown woman with Odd Fellows Hall at right, St. Luke's Church visible in background, late 1930s/early 1940s. Photo property of Dan Bodah. Main Street near the Berkeley, looking south, undated, but post-1900 Steel beams being delivered for the construction of the new Harrietstown Town Hall, c. 1927. Bricks are stacked behind, and barrels, possibly of rivets, line the sidewalk. From left, the Paul Smiths Building, Currier Block, 16 Main Street and Seaver A. Miller Cottage can be seen. Looking east along Main Street, Saranac Lake, from the middle of Berkeley Square, this unusual view captures the relationship of the Berkeley Hotel on the left and the first Saranac Lake High School on the right. The church tower next door to the school belongs to the original First United Methodist Church, which occupied a lot that is now the parking lot of the Hotel Saranac. Based on the size of the high school, which would be expanded twice later on, this William L. Distin photo can be dated between 1890 and 1902.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 25, 1954
By Eddie Vogt
There Have Been Some Changes Made ...
The last time I sent a telegram I realized that when I first came up here—back in the late thirties —that the Western Union Office was in Berkeley Square, where the C.C. Commo Shop is now. There also was a Postal Telegraph and, if I recall, it was in the store now occupied by Charlotte's Little Shop. Next to that (where Meyer's Drug Store is now) was the Grand Union and farther down Main street (along about where Mike and Sandy are now) was the Albany Market. Across the street (G. Carver Rice) was Walton and Tousley, and where the Ayres Real Estate Agency is now was E. L. Finnegan's Shoe and Clothing Store. (Right?) I don't know what brought this on. I guess towns change like people's faces and there probably are a lot more that I would think of if I could concentrate. Right now I'm trying to remember what stood on the present site of the Thompson Building. Maybe someone can help me out.