The Oregon Caves Chateau
Virtual Tour
Part 3 - Guest Rooms

June 6-8, 2004

by Jess Stryker

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Planning to visit the Chateau? See our primary Oregon Caves Chateau Information page where you will find an extensive list of the Chateau's facilities and amenities, maps and directions, the Chateau's direct reservations phone number, and a number of specific suggestions that will make your visit more enjoyable.


The Chateau Oregon Caves, Furniture and Guest Rooms

The Monterey Furniture:

The Chateau at Oregon Caves is primarily furnished with antique Monterey Furniture, made by the Mason Furniture Company in Los Angeles, California. Most of the pieces are original furnishings placed in the Chateau when it opened in 1934, making this the more rare early-period Monterey furniture. This is likely the world's largest collection of Monterey furniture in a single location. George ("Monterey George") Mason created the Monterey furniture line, which he manufactured from 1929 until 1944. The furniture is primarily made from kiln-dried Alder wood, and features an "Early California Spanish Revival" appearance. Unfortunately, this style is not really in keeping with the Alpine architecture of the Chateau. My guess is they probably chose it for the Chateau because it was readily available and reasonably priced.

Mason Monterey chair.jpg
A Monterey chair. Note the wrought iron fasteners on the legs.

 

Mason Monterey dresser
Monterey dresser.

 

Most of the Monterey furniture uses wrought iron accents and fittings as Mr. Mason's factory also did wrought iron fabrication, so they could make everything in-house. Many of the pieces are hand painted prior to varnishing. Mr. Mason encouraged workers in his furniture factory to take pieces home with them and hand paint them on their own time. They then returned the furniture and he paid them for the additional art work. So the quality and quantity of art work varies greatly.

Mason Monterey enddtable
Small Monterey table.

 

Mason Monterey table with built-in lamp
Monterey table with built-in reading lamp.

 

Monterey furniture like these pieces are now collector's items and are in high demand. The furniture in the Chateau is owned by the National Park Service. Damaging or stealing it is a Federal crime, so if you visit the Chateau, treat it kindly. There are few places where you can have this kind of free access to look at, examine, and even touch such classic furniture!

Mason Monterey furniture brand mark
Most authentic Monterey furniture is "branded" with this mark on the back or bottom of the piece. More Monterey furniture can be seen in the following room photos.

 

Park Service Inventory Tag
Each piece is inventoried. Yep, they spelled "Monterey" wrong on the ID tag. But my speeling and gramar ain't that good either, so I won't complain.

 

The Rooms:

The Chateau doubles as a museum due to it's historic structure and furniture. The management graciously operates it as such, all the rooms are left with the doors open if they are not occupied by a guest. This allows visitors to freely examine and admire the historic rooms and furniture. Hopefully visitors will respect this policy by not messing with or taking things from the rooms. Generally this policy is not advertised in order to not attract undesirable elements. I'm letting you in on this little secret here, because I assume if you have come this far on our tour you are interested in, and will respect, these irreplaceable works of art. Please don't misuse this information so this open-door policy can continue and others can also enjoy this resource!

1st Floor

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 101
Room 101. Walls and ceilings in all rooms are stained fiberboard. Most furniture is genuine Monterey.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 102
Room 102.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 102
Room 102.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 103
Room 103.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 103
Room 103.

 

If you are looking close at the photos you may have noticed that there are a couple of items that almost every hotel has that are missing from these rooms. Yep, there are no televisions or phones in the guest rooms at the Chateau. Staying at the Chateau is much the same today as it was back when it was built.

2nd Floor

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 202
Room 202.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 208
Room 208.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 209
Room 209.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 209
Room 209.

 

Oregon Caves Chataeu room 209
Room 209.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 209
Room 209.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 209
Room 209.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 209
Room 209.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 211
Room 211.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 211
Room 211.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 211
Room 211.

 

The Chataeu at Oregon Caves room 214
Room 214. This was formerly the manager's apartment.

 

room 214
Room 214. The manager's apartment had a phone in the room.

 

3rd Floor/Attic Rooms:

room 301
Room 301.

 

room 304 dormer
Room 304.

 

room 304
Room 304.

 

room 304
Room 304.

 

room 304
Room 304.

 

room 304
Room 304.

 

room 310 table
Elizabeth's desk in room 310. (There's more about the resident ghost at the bottom of this page.)

 

room 310 bed
Room 310.

 

room 310 bath
Room 310 bath. The bath is so small that they put the sink in the room.

 

room 310 sink
Room 310.

 

room radiator-style heater
The rooms still have radiators for heat. Like most radiator heating systems they make noise as the pipes expand and contract. Ghosts?

 

Ghosts:

Like most old hotels, this one has ghost stories. The resident ghost at The Chateau at Oregon Caves is "Elizabeth". The story is that Elizabeth and her new husband were honeymooning at the then just-built Chateau. She caught him cheating on her with one of the chambermaids. From this point the story varies:

room 310 window - don't jump out!
Room 310. With window open for effect.

 

So what does the ghost of Elizabeth do to disturb visitors? She apparently is not a friendly ghost, but not particularly harmful either. The story is that when someone stays in room 310, she leaves the room and wanders the hallways all night. She cries and moans, with the noise often coming from the 3rd floor linen closet, where she apparently likes to hide. She also is rumored to not like those who don't believe the stories about her. Apparently she does not restrict herself to the 3rd floor. She reportedly has dropped stuff on the head of a particularly vocal non-believing employee on a couple of different occasions in the kitchen!

OK, now for the reality check. There are no official records of any deaths at the Chateau- ever. It is likely that if a jilted bride did a swan dive from the Chateau roof, or slit her wrists, or whatever, it would have been noted in the local papers. Certainly the Chateau management might want to avoid negative publicity, but it's hard to keep a juicy story like that under wraps! It's especially difficult to not leave some official death notice. It's doubtful they just snuck out in the woods and buried her body without anyone missing her. But every old hotel needs a ghost story! That's part of the fun of old hotels.

room 310 window
Room 310. It's a long way down to the creek!

 

If ghosts aren't your style, maybe you could hike the area in the early morning or evening hours and look for Bigfoot. There's a recorded Bigfoot sighting in the vicinity of the Chateau!

Now let's take a look at the landscape of Oregon Caves Chateau!

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Oregon Caves Chateau Tour Index:

Oregon Caves Chateau, Part 1. Virtual Tour of The Chateau at Oregon Caves- the Exterior.
Oregon Caves Chateau, Part 2. Virtual Tour of The Chateau at Oregon Caves- the Interior Public Areas.
Oregon Caves Chateau, Part 3. Virtual Tour of The Chateau at Oregon Caves- the Guest Rooms & Ghosts.
Oregon Caves Chateau, Part 4. Virtual Tour of The Chateau at Oregon Caves- the Landscape.
Oregon Caves Chateau, Review. The Chateau at Oregon Caves- Review.
Oregon Caves Chalet Photos and information on the historic Chalet Visitor's Center building.
The Oregon Caves. Photos from the park service Cave Tour.
Oregon Caves Chateau- Planning Your Visit Brief history, extensive list of facilities and amenities, advice for visitors, maps and directions, reservations phone number.

 


All text and images by Jess Stryker, unless noted. Text copyright © Jess Stryker, 2007. Photos copyright © Jess Stryker, 2004.All rights reserved.

 

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