Architectura P.C, Architects
  • 1 Thomas X Grasso Erie Canal Lodge Exterior
  • 2 Thomas X Grasso Erie Canal Lodge Exterior
  • 3 Thomas X Grasso Erie Canal Lodge Interior
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  • 5 Thomas X Grasso Erie Canal Lodge Conceptual Plan
  • 6 Thomas X Grasso Erie Canal Lodge Conceptual Elevation



Thomas X. Grasso Erie Canal Lodge

Location: Rochester, New York
Market: Parks & Recreation, Interior Design

The program for the Lodge was to provide a main hall for 100 people, warming kitchen, public restrooms and covered outdoor picnic area. The site was selected for its potential to accommodate the growing popularity in recreational activities along the Erie Canal.


Views from the interior of the lodge to the natural surround are beautiful and peaceful. The orientation of the building provides a main entrance on the south, toward the canal. The covered porch outdoor picnic area faces the west to appreciate the sunsets. Building materials were selected to mimic agricultural buildings that would have been used by developing canal towns for staging and storage. Early industrialists and merchants used Packet Boats along the canal (Clinton Ditch) that were 60'-0" to 70'-0" feet in length, and used in the transportation of building materials, textiles and travelers looking for adventure and opportunity. A Packet Boat weather-vane was designed for the building's cupola.


Interior finishes of warm pine paneling, decorative stone fireplace surround, sound deadening acoustic ceiling panels, salvaged granite hearth and mantle give visitors a sense of tranquility and familiarity. Selection of exterior board and batten siding, standing seam metal roof, indigenous stone and landscaping gives the Lodge an understanding elegance that complements the surrounding environment. Architectura won the 2012 AIA Rochester Design Excellence Citation Award.

"A well executed response to a simple recreational facility on the historic Erie Canal. The simplicity of the plan balances well with the rustic approach to the exterior."

"Appropriate use of both new and recycled materials, nicely detailed."



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