Timberline is a ski lodge on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Oregon, only 65 miles from Portland. Between 1936 and 1938 and in the middle of the Great Depression, it was hand built and furnished through the Works Progress Administration. When Pres. Franklin Roosevelt came to Oregon in 1937 to dedicate the lodge, its significance as a New Deal success was confirmed. Timberline stands today as an icon of New Deal art and Cascadian architecture. Its rustic style is complemented by locally sourced and handmade wood furniture, wrought iron furnishings, and textiles. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the lodge, a living museum, is one of Oregon's most visited sites. It is managed for the public by the US Forest Service and operated as a ski area, hotel, and tourist attraction by R.L.K. and Company.
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About the Author
Sarah Baker Munro has been active with the nonprofit Friends of Timberline since its inception in 1975. She wrote Timberline Lodge: The History, Art, and Craft of an American Icon in 2009. She has gathered photographs from the Friends of Timberline Archive; Historic Photo Archive; Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum; Oregon Historical Society; Oregon State Library; Oregon State University Libraries; Portland Art Museum; Ray Atkeson Image Archive; US Forest Service, Mt. Hood National Forest; and various public sources and private collections.
Table of Contents
1 Recreation in the Mt. Hood National Forest: 1889-1933 9
2 The Lodge Takes Shape: 1933-1936 19
3 Construction at Breakneck Speed: 1936-1937 29
4 Furnishing the Lodge: 1937-1938 55
5 A President Dedicates the Lodge: September 28, 1937 77
6 The Lodge Opens to the Public: 1938-1945 87
7 Post-World War II Ski Boom and a New Era: 1945-1960 109