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Granot Loma was built between 1919 and 1923 by over 400 Scandinavian craftsman at a cost of over $5 million dollars by Louis Graveraet Kaufman. It is the largest log cabin in the world. LG, as he was called, wanted a summer home that would rival the wooded retreats built by the Gilded Age magnates in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. The early Great Camps of the Adirondacks began as simple tent camps. From 1870-1900 more than 200 hotels were built in the Adirondack Mountains. As hotel guests sought a more authentic wilderness experience, land was leased from hotels and tent camps were built. These camps evolved into compounds of rustic cabins. The use of rustic, native materials and craftsman were the hallmarks of distinctive Adirondack Architecture. The largest and most luxurious camps were built on large landholdings quite frequently by wealthy families excluded from the traditional Adirondack resorts because of ethnicity, religious belief or just snobbish competitiveness. Similarly, Louis Kaufman was excluded from the Huron Mountain Club and built Granot Loma as a result.
Kaufman sought to build the grandest camp of them all. The Vanderbilts, Astors, Guggenheims and Rockefellers had built whimsical, grand camps as wilderness escapes and Granot Loma was built to surpass them all in splendor. These Great Camps were intended to nourish the romanticism of “roughing it” but in supreme luxury. Twenty two architects were employed to design the assembly of logs wrapped in burlap, shipped by train and then erected around a steel frame embedded in a 6 foot thick cement foundation to protect it from Lake Superior.
The name Granot Loma was derived by LGK from the letters of his first three children, Louis, Graveraet and Otto combined with Mr. Kaufman’s first name Louis and his wife Marie. It has been featured in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, Car and Driver Magazine, Log Home Architecture, Playboy Magazine and the Chicago Tribune to name a few. Descriptions and pictures do not begin to explain the jaw dropping awesomeness of this grandest of all the Great Camps. Granot Loma in comparison to other Great Camps is similar to comparing the Titanic to other ocean liners of the day. The detail used in the construction by log cabin craftsman is extraordinary. The door knobs are hand painted with Indian scenes by Hollywood legend Orry Kelly. The chandelier in the Great Room is the root system of a white pine that LGK played under as a child. It has over 50 animals, insects and people carved into and on it. The mantel in the 30ft fireplace was the beam in a sunken ship retrieved from Lake Superior. Mrs. Kaufman personally selected the rocks cemented in the fireplace from a row boat and instructed divers to retrieve them.