The Huttlinger House was built in 1908 by Carl Miller and Ferd Wilkins, local contractors. The original tract of land dates to post-Revolutionary land grants and was later owned by Gerrit Smith, the Civil War era abolitionist and reformer. Lake Placid itself was the site of a one-time project to settle freed slaves on individual farms on land known as the Plains of Abraham.
The Huttlinger House has been held by relatively few owners during its long history. For many years it was known locally as "the Cautin House" and was then purchased by Mrs. Luders, a pre-World War II emigrant from Germany, who established it as a guesthouse for nightly, weekly and monthly guests. Her guest register runs from the 1940's to 1953 when the house was purchased as a first home by newly-married Jerry and Anne Huttlinger. The Huttlingers continued the guest house business for several years, but this gradually tapered off as four children and numerous pets took over.
For more than sixty years, the house has remained the family home and the scene of many family events: picnics on the front lawn, Christmas and Thanksgiving feasts, pizza parties, putting on the screens and storm windows twice a year (for over 50 windows!), mowing the lawn in summer, raking leaves in fall, and shoveling snow in winter. There were social gatherings to host a variety of guests, from world-renowned musicians to circus performers. It was home to the Sports Illustrated photographers during the 1980 Olympics. The Huttlinger House embraced all within it and provided a warm and comfortable home.
The house is now jointly owned by the children who were raised here. All are settled elsewhere, but none wanted to lose the scene of so many happy memories. So we offer it to you, hoping that it will generate happy memories for your family and friends as well.