Timberline Lodge

The Timberline Lodge is a mountain hotel in Clackamas County in the U.S. state of Oregon.


The Timberline Lodge is located in altitude of 1830 meters on the southern flank of Mount Hood and is accessed via a paved road. A chairlift from there in the forest, a ski lift to the navigable during the summer slopes.


As a job creation scheme in the context of the New Deal, the construction of Timberline Lodge from 1935 with almost 1 million U.S. funded from resources of the Works Progress Administration. The designs for the lodge are from Gilbert Stanley Underwood. He designed the hexagonal main building, from which extend two three-story, asymmetrical wings, together with the architects of the U.S. Forest Service in a rustic, asymmetrical style of the National Park Lodges. Built of wood and stone building is among the objects of the Works Progress Administration as one of the finest examples of mountain architecture. The workers for the construction were provided by the Works Progress Administration, part of the work, such as road construction or excavation was carried out by workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The interior was designed by Margery Hoffman Smith, deputy director of the Federal Art Project in Oregon. She designed the wooden furniture, the metal fittings and textiles for a unique mountain hotel. The paintings and carvings at the lodge were performed by some of the best artists of the time of Oregon. On September 28, 1937, the Lodge of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated, who had traveled with his wife Eleanor to Oregon. The lodge was handed over to the Forest Service in January 1938 and opened on February 4, 1938 to the public. During the Second World War, the Lodge was closed. Since the Lodge was not adequately maintained, the management was the Forest Service in 1955 withdrawn and transferred to Richard L. Kohnstamm. Kohnstamm renovated the lodge, set up a ski school and organized events that could become popular the Lodge in Oregon. 1975 and 1981 extensions to the building were built. In December 1977, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark. The heirs of Kohnstamm operate the Lodge, which is visited by two million visitors annually, today.


The building served as the backdrop for several movies; including 1952 Bend of the river, 1960 All the Young Men, 1993 Hear No Evil, 1980 Shining.