Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Guggenheim center

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 Dorm

The Dorm area is comprised of the dorm building, kitchen, Inn and garage. It can accommodate 80 overnight campers. In July and August, it hosts Camp Guggenheim, the weekly summer camp for young people from age 12 to 18 organized by the Diocesan Youth Department. The Family Life Department sponsors Family Guggenheim weekends in August and Columbus Day. The Dorm also hosts single and multi-day diocesan, parish and school events such as retreats, celebrations, meetings, campus ministry and Newman groups.

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.


From the very young to senior citizens, from individuals to parish groups and diocesan programs, the Guggenheim Center provides a place where the people of this diocese can praise God in this beautiful setting.

Use of Guggenheim Center

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.

Contact Us

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