J.P. Morgan’s 120-year-old ‘Great Camp Uncas’ in the Adirondacks finally sells

Posted On Mon, October 23, 2017 By

Posted On Mon, October 23, 2017 By In Cool Listings, Getting Away, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upstate

A new owner has claimed the stately Great Camp Uncas compound, nestled among the Adirondack forest and lakefront. The secluded property was built in 1895 by Brooklynite William West Durant, credited with perfecting the style of the Adirondack Great Camps of the Gilded Age. This particular camp—at 1,500 acres—was impressive enough for financier J.P. Morgan to purchase it in 1897. It was used as a vacation home for him and his family the next 50 years. Since then the property has traded hands several times, and a parcel of it last hit the market in 2015 for $3.25 million. An unsuccessful sales run caused a price drop, in 2016, to $2.7 million. According to the brokerage firm Franklin Ruttan, one lucky owner has snapped it up.

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

William West Durant designed numerous buildings across the sprawling water-fronted property: the main lodge, two guest cabins and a boathouse with a dock. Much of the land is connected by a hiking trail.

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home, Camp Uncas Main Lodge porch

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

The main lodge features a rustic great room with a fieldstone fireplace. Stone, wood and stunning built-in furniture designed by Durant can be found throughout this building.

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks

The lodge also holds five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, many of which boast cathedral ceilings and fireplaces.

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home, Camp Uncas Main Lodge porch

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

After the death of J.P. Morgan, Jr. in 1943, the family sold the lodge to Margaret Emerson. She used the property to entertain distinguished guests like the Secretary of State George Marshall, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and Bernard Baruch. After 1965, she sold Camp Uncas to the Boy Scouts of Rockland County, New York, and it began to fall into disrepair.

The couple Howard Kirschenbaum and Barbara Glaser then took ownership in 1975, restoring it to its former glory. They divorced sometime in the 1980s and the property was split between Howard and Barbara. Kirschenbaum’s share of Camp Uncas is the portion that just sold to a new owner.

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

The property includes two guest cabins, the Hawkeye and the Chingachgook. Both are designed with the same regional, rustic charm of the main building.

Camp Uncas, Adirondacks, JP Morgan vacation home

The open log boathouse provides storage for canoes, kayaks and rowing boats—-and when the boats are removed, it becomes a large covered deck for gathering. Nearby is a beach-like swimming area, while a half-mile trail spans the perimeter of the 4.4-acre parcel.

camp uncas landscape

Camp Uncas was actually designated as a national landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2010. It is also located within the Great Camps Historic Recreational Area, a reserve designated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and Blue Ridge Wilderness Areas. And if you believe this stunning property needs anything else–as a bonus, the buyer got an Emerson Adirondack guide boat original to the compound, plus two modern canoes and a rowboat.

Take a full tour of the property—back when it was on the market—right here.

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Photos via Franklin Ruttan

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