September 2, 2017

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon - Page 5


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This is a panoramic photo of the Barlow Room taken from one corner to show all 9 panels of the "Calendar of Mountain Sports". The panels were created in 1937 using linoleum as the medium, by artist Douglas Lynch. Color on the panels was created using oil paint mixed in shellac and applied in multiple layers. It is very different from anything I have ever seen.

This is the sign outside the entrance to the Blue Ox Bar. The Blue Ox Bar is tucked in an out-of-the-way corner and is easy to miss if you aren't poking around. The Blue Ox Bar was not part of the original lodge plans. Possibly the forest service architects didn't think about a bar, or maybe they thought it might not be appropriate. As the lodge was being finished it was realized that it did not have a bar. The decision was made that there really should be a bar, so a storage space was quickly converted into the Blue Ox Bar.

This is inside the Blue Ox Bar. The stained glass murals of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox were designed by Virginia Darce and created by the same team of craftsmen that did the Drinking Fountain Mosaic we looked at previously. Notice the massive looking chairs made from thick, wide slabs of solid wood. The bar has a wrought iron gate on the door that was added in the 1990's so that you can see into the bar when it is not open. Now we will head up to the 1st floor.

This is a newel post, which is the upright post at the end of a stair handrail. Many of the newel posts at Timberline Lodge are carved. There are 12 newel posts carved to look like animals, these animal posts are located on the two main staircases. All of the animals represented are found in the vicinity of Timberline. This post is the "fawn" and is at the bottom of the staircase across from the drinking fountain mural on the ground floor. There are photos of all 12 of the animal newel posts on the additional photos page at the end of the tour.

The main front door of the Lodge is on the second floor, and is reached from outside by two sweeping stone staircases. During winter the outside of the door is buried under snow and the door is not used. Here Julie stands next to the inside of the door to show the size of it. Look at the size of that door latch! The door weighs a little under a ton.

This is the same door standing open so you can see the outside surface of the door. Look at the huge door-knocker in the center of the door. Check out the fancy iron work on the door latch and straps. Notice that despite its weight, the door is so well balanced that a small chair can hold it open. During winter season this door is sealed shut and not used.


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