Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Perched on the Rim

This is the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it was built in 1927 and 1928 and rebuilt in 1936 after being destroyed in a fire. The Grand Canyon Lodge is a complex consisting of a main lodge building, 23 deluxe cabins, and 91 standard cabins on Bright Angel Point. Here is a description of the construction of the lodge from the National Park Service Website:
The main lodge is U-shaped in plan and is constructed of Kaibab limestone, ponderosa logs, and log-slab siding on wood frame construction. The multiple roofs primarily are intersecting gables with broken pitches that are further broken up by shed and gable dormers. All of the roofs are finished with wood shingles. Log outlookers project beyond the rooflines from the gable ends. The stonework is random rubble masonry bonded with cement mortar. Portions of wall between the stone piers and the stone wall sections are filled with dark-stained log siding with cement chinking, and large expanses of plate glass particularly on the south elevation facing the canyon.

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