- Custer, SD
- Site Type:
- Parks and Recreation, Lodges, Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers
- New Deal Agencies:
- Public Works Funding, Public Works Administration (PWA)
"The Sylvan Lake Hotel, erected for the Custer State Park Board, is located about 37 miles southwest of Rapid City on the shore of a beautiful lake, surrounded by rugged hills and woods.
The building contains 29 guest rooms, a large lounge, dining room, and kitchen. The lounge is the equivalent of 2 stories in height with wood walls of random width knotty-pine boards, exposed wood roof trusses, a wood ceiling, and a random width oak-plank floor.
The construction is a combination of native-stone walls and wood frame.
The project was completed in September 1937 at a construction cost of $140,008 and a project cost of $151,628."
(Short and Brown)
"The location of Sylvan Lake Lodge can't be beat, thanks to the design inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When the original lakeshore resort burned down in 1935, Wright suggested the current location amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees."
Source notesC.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939). https://www.custerresorts.com/sylvan-lake-lodge/overview/
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