Marking the site of Native American portage and an important colonial era inn, the current building, designed by William L. Bottomley replaces the original that burned in 1921. A busy hot spot for NYC politicians and celebrities during the first half of the twentieth century, the property has become a cultural landmark and a place of deep affection for local residents. The property’s current owner is a developer seeking demolition to create a time-share community (initiated in 2007). The owner claimed the building was not sound for reuse but advocates (of which there were many including the Town Landmarks and Historic Districts Board) disagreed. A town-issued moratorium on the project suppressed the threat of demolition temporarily, but this ended in January 2010 when the moratorium was lifted. A save for this property involves rehabilitation of the Canoe Place Inn for reuse in the proposed new development.
2014 STATUS: IMPROVED
• First threatened by developer’s plans for demolition. Negotiations with Town led to alternative plan: preservation of building in exchange for cluster zoning variance on property.
• Listing may have contributed to what appears to be a save
• As of 2014: Plans to restore building with new development still on table