Swimming Pool and Spa, Timberline Lodge

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Swimming Pool and Spa, Timberline Lodge - click on photo for larger image.
At the west end of the building is the swimming pool and spa. They are open year-round, and yes, the pool is heated. The conceptual design of the Lodge was done by Stanley Gilbert Underwood, who was already well-known for his rustic but elegant hotel designs (the Ahwahnee in Yosemite, Bryce Canyon Lodge, the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim.) The actual building plans for the lodge were drawn by a team of local National Forest Service architects; Tim Turner, Linn Forest, Howard Gifford, and Dean Wright. This was in keeping with the general premise that the Lodge would be a showcase for the Northwest, built with local materials, using local workers, local artisans, local architectural styles, and logically, local architects. What resulted was a final design roughly based on Underwood's conceptual design with a number of major changes to give it a more refined, less rustic look. The name "Cascadian" was created by the architectural team to describe the new architectural style of the Lodge. If you are a fan of Mr. Underwood's work don't panic, despite his minimal involvement, anyone familiar with his work will see his influence here. The location of the lodge was selected and designed by engineer Ward Gano, Linn A. Forrest, FAIA, and landscape architect Emmett Blanchfield. Blanchfield also designed the surrounding landscape features; patios, terraces, walk ways, etc.. Unfortunately, most of the landscape he designed was never installed.


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