Case Study

Fresh Air Fund Sharpe Reservation-Camp ABC & Camp Tommy

For 125 years, The Fresh Air Fund has provided underprivileged children from New York City the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons in a stunning natural environment. Their 3000 acre Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY provides a beautiful setting for five camps which serve 2700 children each summer.

The two oldest camps, Camp ABC and Camp Tommy are over 40 years old. The reconstruction of these camps included the building of 32 new structures including 2 dining halls, 3 program buildings, offices, infirmaries, and camper cabins. Significant improvements were made to the water, electrical, and sewer infrastructure.

The reconstruction of the camps created an opportunity to develop a coherent architectural theme borrowing principals from Adirondack Camp design of the 19th century. Shallow roof pitches, deep overhangs and the use of wood shakes, and exposed peel pole framing create a unified character among the many diverse structures.

The project received a design award.