delicious look at historic hotel harrington
The delicious-looking gingerbread Hotel Harrington, created by Potsdam architect Rebecca Naomi Weld, is on display at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. Compare the gingerbread version with a historic photograph from the SLCHA's archives to see the detail of Weld's model of the hotel.
A delicious treat for the eye, though the rooms look a might small, a gingerbread model of the historic Hotel Harrington is on display in the dining room of the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. Potsdam architect Rebecca Naomi Weld, of Renew Architecture & Design PLLC, crafted the hotel out of gingerbread and royal icing for TAUNY's gingerbread contest. After the holidays, Weld offered SLCHA the opportunity to display this enticing version of the Hotel Harrington, which can be seen for free during open hours, Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm.
The Hotel Harrington began its life in 1864 as the red brick Hodskin House. It was located on Main Street and the Grasse River in Canton. It became the Hotel Harrington in 1919 when it was sold to Michael Harrington, father of SLCHA Trustee Patricia Harrington Carson. The hotel was demolished in 1958, and the H & R Block building and Family Dollar Store now stand on the property.
Visit the SLCHA Gift Shop for recipes to satisfy your appetite, such as Landmarks and Lemon Crackers: A North Country Cookbook, Dinner at the Wright House, The New Preserves: Pickles, Jams, and Jellies, and The Summer of a Thousand Cheeses.
The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.
The St Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail. Exhibits and programs are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.