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Canyon Lodge, 1920's
Canyon Lodge Lobby, 1920's
Old Faithful Inn Lobby, 1920's
In the Park, Reamer was responsible for the design of the remodeling of the Lake Hotel, the design of the "new" Canyon Hotel, and two additions in 1913 and 1927 to the Old Faithful Inn. In Washington State Reamer was the architect for the Mt. Baker Theatre in Bellingham, the Fox Theatre in Spokane and the 5th Avenue Theatre and the Edmund Meany Hotel in Seattle.
Construction of the Old Faithful Inn commenced in June 1903. Not withstanding that much of the hotel was constructed in the bitter cold of the winter of 1903-04, it opened on time on June 1, 1904. The facility featured all of the modern amenities of the time including electricity and telephones. The building is situated so as to require guests to leave the hotel to see the eruptions of old faithful. The expected time of the next eruption would be posted. The first manager, Larry Mathews, would not mind interrupting the evening church services so the congregants would not miss the event. At night the eruption would be illuminated by giant floodlights mounted on the top of the hotel. See the expected time of the next eruption and view it on the Old Faithful Live Cam. [Please note, the predictions as to the next time of eruption are posted only when the Visitor Center is open. Hours are: Winter Season, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mountain; Summer Season, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mountain. Spring and Fall closed. If you are visiting outside those hours or when the visitor center is closed the predicted time will be outdated. The predicted time is generally accurate within 10 minutes. Therefore, it is suggested that you note the time of the next eruption and return to the site about 10 minutes before the next eruption.]
Old Faithful Inn, photo by Haynes.
Old Faithful Inn Veranda.
Old Faithful Lobby
To give perspective, the clock is twenty feet above the hearth. Note the stairs ultimately leading above the Lobby. There in the "crows' nest", musicians would sometimes provide music. Dinner in the dining room would be announced by the ringing of a bell in the lobby fifteen minutes ahead of time. Dinner was a formal affair, with guests expected to dress for dinner.
Old Faithful Dining Room
As of this writing, May 2004, it is anticipated that commencing in the fall of 2004, a multi-million dollar renovation of the Inn is to commence and will be completed for the opening of the 2006 season. Improvements will include repairs to the foundation damaged in the 1959 Earthquake, repairs to the roof and the fireplace and chimney.
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