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Boathouses: A Photo Tour Across America

By Mark R. Johnson
By Ericka Olin
Published: June 11, 2014
Due to increasingly restrictive zoning ordinances in many counties across the country, boathouses have become something of an endangered species. However, here is a photo tour of few that have been lovingly restored and/or updated by their owners.
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Photo by Bryan Firestone
Capturing the Lake View
Location: Heart of the Adirondacks, N.Y.
Architect: Michael Bird, www.adkgreatcamps.com

Located outside Saranac Lake, N.Y., this two-slip boathouse has a living room on the second floor. Birch bark accents are incorporated on the gable ends of the interiors, which helps to lighten up the structure. The octagon creates a built-in window seat for relaxing and enjoying views of the water. What’s in the foreground? Photographer Bryan Firestone took this photo from the bow of a very rare 1940, open triple-cockpit Garwood boat, one of the beautiful classic wooden boats found on Adirondack lakes.
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