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NY artists' retreat is National Historic Landmark

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March 5, 2013 08:43 AM EST | AP


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — An artists' retreat in upstate New York has won recognition as a National Historic Landmark.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says Yaddo in Saratoga Springs made the list after more than a century as a place where artists can gather to work in a variety of media.

Artists at Yaddo have come from the fields of choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. The facility that opened in 1900 near Saratoga's historic thoroughbred track is in the process of upgrading its facilities.

The artists who've spent time there have won a wide range of awards, including 66 Pulitzer Prizes, 61 National Book Awards, and 27 MacArthur Fellowships.

The designation by the U.S. Department of the Interior was announced Monday.