Wind rose mosaic at entry, Timberline Lodge - Mt Hood OR
Timberline Lodge was built in 1936-38 as a ski lodge 6,000 feet up on Mount Hood, and it still serves that purpose. It was equally a showcase for the accomplishments of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The four-story structure was built in Northwestern rustic style using large timbers and local stone, with a striking central “headhouse” built in a hexagon around a 90-foot stone chimney with large fireplaces on all sides. The interior is a marvel of decorative elements designed to feature Northwestern native and pioneer styles in wood carving, furniture, textiles, metal work, light fixtures, stone work and paintings.
The interior decor was overseen by Margery Hoffman Smith, Oregon director of the Federal Art Project of the WPA. She used local craftsmen and women, who were given a high degree of freedom in coming up with original designs. The result is one of the most extraordinary and delightful creations of the entire New Deal.
Two striking mosaics near the entrance to the lodge at part of its rich endowment of arts and crafts. A comprehensive catalogue of all interior art is provided in Munro 2009.
Timberline Lodge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
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Munro, Sarah Baker, Timberline Lodge: The History, Art, and Craft of an American Icon. Portland: Timber Press, 2009.
Kennedy, Roger and David Larkin, When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art, and Democracy. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 2009.
Project originally submitted by Jonathan Bolnick, Kendrick Simila on January 2, 2022.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker, Joan Greer and Charles Swaney.
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