Photos of Unique Riverside Log Homes

An array of unique riverside structures in New York represents an architect's custom-wood legacy.

The roof of the new boathouse appears to be supported by cedar trees, which are actually hiding steel support structures. The building also features cedar railings.

Camp Topridge, one of the original Adirondack camps that at one time was owned by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, was restored and enhanced to its original splendor between 1995-2000. Led by the late Richard Giegengack, a team of architects and artisans worked with builder Tissot Construction to rebuild or renovate some of the original buildings and added several new ones. All were built on existing foundations. Nestled in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the 105-acre compound — comprising 11 sleeping cabins, a main lodge, and numerous ancillary buildings — serves as a summer retreat for its owners. Maple Island Log Homes of Twin Lake, Michigan provided the log shells. The buildings, which are constructed with red pine logs, feature typical Adirondack elements by incorporating natural, earthy materials such as stone, twigs and branches, and even living trees.

The New Boathouse

Combining stone and cedar, this hybrid, custom wood structure is a striking feature along the Upper St. Regis Lake. A nautical theme is maintained inside the home with portholes and rope trim, among other features.

South Guest Cabin

The south guest cabin brings new meaning to the concept of using elements of nature to construct and decorate a home. This home literally has three trees growing through its roof and the cabin is built on the side of an embankment.

The Honeymoon Cabin

Of all the cabins in Camp Topridge, the Honeymoon Cabin is perhaps the most similar to the typical Adirondack style. Still, this home has unique touches. The entrance to the home is actually on the second level and has a beautiful yellow birch twig stairway that leads to the rest of the cabin.

The Lothrop Cabin

Inspired by Norwegian architecture, the Lothrop Cabin has a steep, sloping roof and cupola. Although there is only one bedroom and one bathroom, this intimate cabin is anything but modest. Directly along the water, this cabin is one of the camp's most eye-catching structures.

The Russian Cabin

European architecture makes a debut in the Adirondacks with the Russian Cabin, a 24-sided structure with an onion-domed roof and Russian carvings. This cabin is a true marriage of Adirondack and Russian building styles, with both hand-flattened and full-round logs adorned with carvings and careful detail.