Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Guggenheim center

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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, dining hall, In 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 Dorm

The Lounge

It's a long hallway

In 2020, new windows and crash doors!

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 Lodge

One of many views

The great room

The porch

Downstairs lakeside bedroom

Downstairs back bedroom

Upstairs lakeside bedroom

Upstairs back bedroom


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.

The Boathouse

Lounging on the water

Renovated Boathouse Apartment

Welcome to Guggenheim!

Our home on the water .....

... that is missing YOU!

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 2024 Reservation Guidelines, Policies and Visitors Mandatory Safety Plan which describes: 
         a.  What is available 
         b.  Usage costs and cancellation policies 
         c.  Usage policies including COVID-19 safety procedures
         d.  Contact information 
2.  Check the Availability Calendar 
3.  ‚ÄčThe Guggenheim Center is open for 2024 reservation requests.  Please click on the button below to request use.

3.  ‚ÄčThe Guggenheim Center is closed for reservations for the remainder of the year. Requests to use the Guggenheim Center will open again in the new year. 

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Please use the Cost Estimator (right click and save link as in some browsers) spreadsheet to estimate your costs to use the Guggenheim Center.

3.  Request to use the Guggenheim Center by filing the Request to Use Form 

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 

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