Timberline Lodge

I’ve decided to stop worrying about what to say about Timberline Lodge, and just to post my photos.  Despite the lodge having a house dog, they do not allow visitor dogs, so John and I traded off looking around (briefly) inside while the other waited with Maxwell (and a rotating collection of other banned dogs) on the front steps.

I spent the majority of my own ten minute allotment, in a whirlwind of snapping shots, in awe at every turn of the detailed and beautiful handcrafted finish work.  The lodge was built in the mid-1930s by the Works Progress Administration, which, if you are not familiar with the Great Depression in the US, was a massive government project to fund the employment of workers of various skill levels for public works projects – roads, public buildings, and so on – and it was because of the artists and crafts people who put the finishing touches on Timberline that we had been eager to visit.

Here is just a handful of the beauty of the lodge..

The door to the ski locker area, adjacent to the front entryway:

A mosaic with skunk and fishing bear (and other animals):

A hand-carved fawn newel post:

A sturdy bench with a pretty iron base (that I failed to capture)…

… and its carved and painted surface:

A hallway runner, hand-hooked, made of recycled Civilian Conservation Corps uniforms:

Stone and carved wood walls:

More carvings in the walls:

Wrought-iron railings:

A wooden ping-pong table (with a modern net):

A loom:

A curlicue wrought-iron boot scraper:

A guest room, decorated as it would have been originally:

The cashier window, with wrought-iron grate:

The mail drop:

And an array of beautiful guest room mail boxes:

Everything was like this – and I am sure what I noticed was only a drop in the bucket.  I am eager to go back and spend more time there, both on the trails outside, and looking around the lodge.  Maybe someday – although we probably won’t stay there, with their anti-Maxwell policy in place.

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2 thoughts on “Timberline Lodge

  1. Julianne, I share your thoughts about Timeberline. Moreover, I had the experience of feeling from the works of the craftsment and the attendant workers that they must have been deeply committed to the creation of this unique monument to the can do spirit of those struggling to recover from the depression. Sorry for that long and a bit convoluted sentence. Their work was both simple and complex. The epresssion of art and architecture that had a feeling of free expression with structural discipline was remarkable. Love,
    Rob

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