Today, that masterpiece of WPA era arts and crafts movement architecture, Timberline Lodge turns 75 years old
. Located 4,000ft below the main crater of Mt. Hood, Oregon's tallest active volcano... everything about Timberline is epic and sublime. I've always been a huge fan of "Parkitecture" and Timberline with its massive wooden and cut stone supports is among the best of the breed. What better way to celebrate a birthday than to let the art and architecture speak for itself?
The stunning central spoke fireplace was never depicted in The Shining. That film only used a few exterior shots at a distance but one can see how Stanley Kubrick... an aficionado of repeating radial symmetry of the first order would have been drawn to this place. Obviously, it's a bit too warm and inviting for that kind of movie but that's why it works so well as a lodge. (all photos Jeff Jahn)
Downstairs a museum devoted to the lodge greets visitors.
The wrought iron work used everywhere from lighting to railing is exceptional. The prudent later addition of fire sprinkler heads was expertly accomplished, can you find the two in plain view in this picture?
Top floor of the central fireplace area
C.S. Price's Team (1937), Timberline lodge is perhaps the best museum of Northwest art from the 1930's-1940's as every inch of the structure is a kind of monument to that time.
The structure is full of woodcarvings
The Barlow Room's entrance, note the drapery.
Inside the Barlow Room is full of painted linolium scenes A Calendar of Sports by Douglas Lynch.
Upstairs at the Rams Head Bar are small nooks with exception pieces of Northwest Art. This one features a Charles Heaney.