Green Building With a History
1772 Stone House
The Lifebridge Sanctuary is a renovation and extension of the original 1772 Stone House which was the heart of this eighteenth century family farm. Building materials, including stones, timber beams and siding from ruined out buildings on the farm have been incorporated in the renovation.
During the 1950's the property was used as a small spiritual retreat for Catholic nuns and the remains of a shrine can still be seen on the site of a natural spring. In September of 2005, after a ten year renovation, Lifebridge Foundation opened the Sanctuary as a place for groups to experience an atmosphere of deep beauty, privacy and quiet. Whether you are looking for a single day, or a multi-day experience, The Sanctuary is right for your group. Our intention is to offer you and your group the opportunity to utilize the Sanctuary to stimulate cutting edge and forward looking conversations.
Green Building Features
Lifebridge Sanctuary utilizes many green building techniques and uses only green cleaning materials so as to provide a healthy interior environment for our guests. Approved by Green America as a certified green building, some of the most prominent features include: re-cycled newspaper insulation throughout, 35% bamboo floors, local oak hardwood floors, Trex decking on all outdoor decks and steps, all low VOC paint and stains, energy efficient lighting throughout, area wool rugs, radiant heat, locally and sustainably harvested trees for vertical support beams, reclaimed rocks for the fireplaces, pure cotton and wool bedding, recycled wheat chaff kitchen cabinets, and much more. Read our environmental policy here.
Our pure spring water arrives at the Sanctuary after flowing through the quartz conglomerate of the Shawangunk Ridge. It is pumped and filtered from our spring fed well and tested regularly to assure safety. At the Sanctuary, there is no need for guests to buy or bring bottled water. We encourage you to re-fill your own bottles and avoid unnecessary waste and recycling.
Caring Artisan Builders
The Sanctuary renovation work was completed over a ten year period by a skilled and caring group of women and men. To a considerable extent it is their creativity and concern to build something with a unique spirit and soul that has given the building the special atmosphere it has today. Please check the list below of the local builders and artisans who played a role in the transformation of a 1772 Stone House into the Lifebridge Sanctuary.
Main credit is due to Victorian Builders and their highly skilled team.
With Thanks to:
Adirondack Stairs, Inc.
PO Box 419
Saugerties, NY 12477
Upper Room Chandelier
Floor and Wall Tiles
Emig's Ornamental Ironworks