from a business location far from city life... nestled
within the amenities of a Victorian Village.
a block to enjoy a great selection of restaurants with an international
flavor... browse in Potsdam's specialty shops... stop by the Post
Office... conduct your lunch hour banking... or enjoy a break
in the gazebo overlooking the beautiful Racquette River.
There is a
lot you can do within a five-minute walk or drive, like pick your
kids up at school, ship a package from our UPS center, browse
our bookstores, take advantage of convenient business services,
or receive quality healthcare at Canton-Potsdam
within 20 minutes of the St. Lawrence County offices in Canton
and within 30 minutes of four higher education campuses -- Clarkson
Lawrence University, and SUNY
Canton College of Technology. Enjoy the many leisure activities
available in the scenic Adirondack Mountains to the south or the
mighty St. Lawrence River to the north in less than an hour. Or
take in a professional hockey game at our international
neighbor cities of Montreal or Ottawa, Canada’s capital city,
in less than two hours.
new and expanding businesses. The buildings that make up Clarkson University's Downtown Campus
Business Center -- including the Clarkson Small Business Incubator -- offer you a number of options to grow your business in a thriving community. As the commercial center for the county, you will enjoy a trade
area of over 45,000 people, including more than 7,000 college
students, and an able and available labor force that's ready to work for you.
will benefit from the availability of an educated labor pool comprised
of faculty, staff, students, and the general population in the Potsdam area. With a solid investment in
research each year, Clarkson University is able to provide you
with a source for technical and educational skills virtually unsurpassed
in the U.S.A. Through contractual arrangements with the University's
research units, your business has an outstanding opportunity to
tap into this extensive research potential. In addition, Clarkson
places a great deal of emphasis on experiential learning as a
key element of student education - with those students available
for internships or co-ops with your company.
The very history
of Potsdam, New York, is intertwined with tales of the Clarkson
family. In November 1802, David M. Clarkson was among several
associates who purchased a 10-mile square piece of land located
between the St. Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountains.
years of Potsdam’s founding, a sandstone quarry opened and sandstone
blocks were being put to use in building constructions throughout
the village and beyond. Potsdam sandstone was used in the construction
of the Parliament buildings in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa,
Ontario, as well as in numerous buildings located in New York
City and Washington, DC.
quarry was opened 4 miles south of the village in 1877 by Thomas
S. Clarkson. In 1894, he lost his life while trying to save one
of his workers at that quarry. It was in his memory two months
later that Clarkson University was established by Thomas S. Clarkson’s
three sisters. The school’s first building, Old Main, was built
of Potsdam sandstone in 1896 and still stands at its original
site on Main Street. This building marked the beginning of the
village campus in Potsdam.
freshman class at the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology
included eight men and four women. Six courses of instruction
were offered and, by 1907, Clarkson was offering bachelor’s degrees
in mechanical, civil and chemical engineering. Clarkson began
as a co-educational school; however, since no women applied for
admission in 1907, it became a single gender college and remained
as such until 1964.
nieces tried to have the entire college moved to the Hill campus,
the site of their childhood home, through the provision of $1.5-million
dollars by 1929. The stock market crash later that year caused
the endowment to shrink to less than $500,000 so plans for moving
the college were put on hold for over 30 years.
World War II, Clarkson admitted hundreds of returning veterans
to its student ranks - so many, in fact, that they had to rent
space in the New York State School for the Deaf in Malone, NY.
For the next five years, Clarkson underclassmen spent their first
two years studying in Malone before moving to the Potsdam campus
for the remainder of their education.
With the dramatic
increases in student numbers, the Clarkson Board of Trustees realized
the college needed to expand its facilities and spent the next
20 years doing just that. Snell Hall, formerly part of the neighboring
State University of New York campus, became classrooms and office
space. While dormitories were constructed on the Hill campus,
expansion was also occurring at the downtown site:
Hall, 1948, for Chemical Engineering
Hall, 1949, for Civil Engineering
Clarkson Hall, 1961, for Electrical Engineering
Lewis House, 1951, for a student union
In 1967, expansion
plans moved to the Hill campus with the addition of the Science
Center, and was joined in following years by the Educational Resources
Building, Indoor Recreational Center, Cheel Campus Center, the
Rowley Lab, and the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).
Now, 70 years after receiving the first funds to move the college
to the Hill campus, Clarkson has completed most of that transition.
As a result,
a new transformation is underway on the downtown campus - as classrooms
evolve into office space ... laboratories become home to entrepreneurs
instead of freshmen ... hallowed halls are filled with dreams
of building new businesses.
evolution has opened new doors to you, as you begin your quest
for business growth and development. Welcome to Clarkson’s past...
and your future.