I can’t believe we’ve lived here for so long without visiting the Mt. Hood area. A mere 70 minute drive from our home and we found ourselves at the wonderful Timberline Lodge.
My only previous view of it was some local TV station’s winter weather cam that show piles of snow pushed up against the walls and entrance every January.
After spending a couple of hours at Trillium Lake and gawking at the view of the shadow of Mt. Hood, we drove up the 6-mile mountain up the Timberline.
And man, the lodge is something else. If you’ve been there I’m preaching to the choir, but the view, the architecture, the craftsmanship, the history of the place is awe-inspiring. [I’m not a real big believer in ghosts, but there was definitely a presence there I noticed walking through the hallways. Of course, it might have also been the pitcher of Ice Axe IPA I chugged.]
I was shocked to learn than the lodge almost didn’t make it past the 1940s, falling in disrepair. Here’s a sad shot nabbed from Wikipedia:
[Thankfully, Richard Kohnstamm came to the rescue and helped build the lodge back to its original beauty. Thank you Richard Kohnstamm. We need more of you to help preserve our disappearing heritage.]
Here’s a scan of the lobby postcard, most likely taken during the 1960s:
And here’s a shot I tried to re-create:
What other architectural gems are nearby that I need to explore? The Alvar Aalto library in Mt. Angel? Frank Lloyd Wright house in Silverton?
Also, I’ve started writing about my other favorite subject – local Oregon beer – on the most excellent Portland Food and Drink blog. Food Dude was gracious enough to let me scribble some words and then post them. I’m excited and plan on doing some serious “research” on area beers.