Darren Tracy

The Adirondack Park covers more than 6 million acres in upstate New York. Before the advent of air conditioning, its 10,000 lakes and cool mountain air offered affluent city dwellers relief from the summer heat. Many of the lakeside houses that those folks built around the turn of the last century are still in use.

A common sight at these “camps” (as they have also been called) are boathouses built out over the water, essentially boat garages. As you can imagine, a northern lake environment is not ideal for a wooden structure, especially for one that literally sits on top of the lake. The moisture is one obvious risk to the building. But also, the lakes in...

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