Located on the northern shore of Lower Saranac Lake, the Guggenheim Center is a jewel of the Diocese. The Adirondack Mountains surround Guggenheim, which is just west of the Village of Saranac Lake in Franklin County. In 1963, Edmund Guggenheim donated his Adirondack Great Camp and the surrounding 130 acres of land to the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
The Guggenheim Center is divided into two sections known as the Dorm and the Lodge.
The Lodge area includes the Adirondack Great Camp and associated boathouse. It can accommodate thirteen overnight guests. It is used for retreats and other events, like the Dorm. It often hosts priests, nuns, their families, and other church-related groups.
The Guggenheim Center is in operation from the Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day and is available for individuals, groups or non-profit organizations. If you are interested in using the Dorm or Lodge, please use the following steps:
1. Review the Reservation Guidelines and Policies Regarding Facility Use which describes:
a. What’s available
b. Overnight costs, single day costs and cancellation policies
c. What you should bring
d. Usage policies
e. Phone numbers and addresses
2. Check the Availability Calendar to see what dates are in use.
3. Request to use the Guggenheim Center by filing the Request to Use Form
Please use the Cost Estimator spreadsheet to estimate your costs to use the Guggenheim Center.
For questions regarding the facility and reservations, contact:
Deacon James Crowley, Chancellor
Diocese of Ogdensburg
622 Washington Street
PO Box 369
Ogdensburg NY 13669
315-393-2920, Ext. 1310
Guggenheim Center for Religious Programs
1468 County Rt. 18, Forest Home Road
P.O. Box 664
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Lodge phone: 518-891-0809
Dorm phone: 518-891-3323