America isn't known for castles or treasure from past kings on display in countless museums. America's crown jewels are it's wilderness, landscapes and natural wealth. Nothing probably signifies that more than Yellowstone, our first National Park.
Here we have an icon of the Park that has to be one of the most photographed things on earth: Old Faithful Geyser erupting. Behind lurks another national treasure: Old Faithful Inn.
Designed by architect Robert Reamer, Old Faithful Inn is a magnificent example of “Parkitecture” on a massive scale. From the National Park Service ( http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/harrison/harrison3.htm ) :
The building is an exposed log and wood-frame structure of rustic design and gigantic proportions: nearly 700 feet in length and a central core seven stories high.
Old Faithful Inn is one of the few remaining log hotels in the United States. The Inn is a masterpiece of rustic architecture in its stylized design and fine craftsmanship. Its influence on American architecture, particularly park architecture, was immeasurable in its uses of natural materials to create a feeling of high-style rusticity. In a broad sense the design of the Inn parallels architectural ideas being used in hotel construction today with its enormous multi-story lobby surrounded by levels of galleries.
Old Faithful Inn undoubtedly is the queen of rustic hotels in the national parks. Its use of natural materials, allusions to pioneer building techniques, and strong ties with its site through the use of onsite materials are three key principles of rustic design with which National Park Service architects worked through World War II.
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