Design Challenge

The log structure, located on the shore of Lake Elmore and part of the Elmore State Park was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A poor layout, lack of natural daylighting, and maintenance issues meant the space was underutilized.


Renovations to this historic beach house balance historic character with modern function. Since the park is a community resource, the design process encouraged community involvement. Updates to the facility include café seating, improved ADA access, enhanced daylighting through a new dormer, and a reorganized plan to better serve current uses. Repairs were focused on structural stabilization and addressing deteriorated cladding and windows. New landscaping and site planning celebrate the building’s connection with other areas of the park, while improving pedestrian, vehicular and boat access.


The renovated facility offers improved function, access, and accessibility. The structural and maintenance work performed ensures the historic structure will remain into the future.

Project Details


Elmore, VT




3,250 sf