The first Ice Palace was built as part of Winter Carnival in 1898. The first palaces were built on the shore of Lake Flower near the present day boat launch. In 1909 through 1913 and 1920, the palaces were built atop Slater Hill, later the site of the first Saranac Lake General Hospital, and later still North Country Community College; a horse-driven escalator was built to drag the blocks up the slope to this dramatic and lofty site.
M. C. MEAGHER, of Saranac Lake, has been given the "contract to erect the ice palace for the carnival to be held in that village Jan. 29-31. The palace is to be an elaborate affair, 135 feet in length, with a main tower 60 feet in heighth. Two other smaller towers are to be erected and the walls of the palace will be about 30 feet in height. It will be lighted throughout by electricity. The carnival, it is claimed, will be the finest ever held at Saranac Lake.
Building the Ice Palace
The palaces labeled 1909 and 1913 are the same! Also, the one labeled 1909 on this page is labeled 1900 on the "Winter Carnival" page. -- Amy Catania
The Library of Congress also captions these photos as have been taken at Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y., which is clearly wrong. The Ice Palace we have labeled as 1915, the Adk Museum has dated as "between 1915 and 1945" and the LoC 1909 photo, they have as "between 1915 and 1930."
Cataloging errors happen. -- Marc Wanner