The venerable Timberline Lodge received a late but great 75th birthday present with designation as one of America’s legendary hotels.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that the famed ski lodge on the shoulder of Mt. Hood had been accepted onto its list of Historic Hotels of America.
The designation comes after review of the preservation and maintenance of historic integrity, architecture and ambiance, according to the organization. General Manager Mark Vincent expressed pleasure in joining the list.
“Timberline Lodge is rich in history and architectural beauty,” said Vincent, who works for hotel operators RLK and Company. “We love to share this special place with others. What we offer our guests is a quality, authentic, and memorable experience."
The trust’s mission is to preserve historic places. Among the locales that Timberline Lodge joins are Mount Taylor in New Mexico, Chimney Rock in Colorado, and the bridges of Yosemite Valley in California.
“Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public," the organization says on its website.
The three-story, 70-room Timberline Lodge was built during The Depression of the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration’s make-work program. The lodge received National Historic Landmark recognition in 1977 and annually attracts some two million visitors.
With more than 3,600 feet of vertical feet, Timberline Ski Area typically stays open 10 months of the year, taking advantage of the year-round glaciers off of 11,245-foot Mt. Hood.
Photo: Jesse Estes/Timberline Lodge