A new life for a locally significant historic
The Carriage House was
constructed in the mid 19th century to serve Chamounix Mansion, home of
the Plumsted Family, and has seen many uses since. The family coaches
and horses were on the first floor; a hayloft, tack room and grooms
quarters on the second.
Under the Fairmount Parkís ownership the carriage house was
remodeled for use as a day camp.
In the 1970ís AYH
became the tenant of the Mansion and opened the Chamounix Youth
Hostel. Unheated, the Carriage House served as summer overflow space
for the hostel.
Campbell Thomas &
Co. planned and oversaw the full restoration of the building. The new
plans included general expansion, installation of heating and air
conditioning, and other improvements to the capacity and quality of
the facilities. In addition a second story rear deck was added and
fully accessible facilities for the physically disabled were
incorporated into the design.