September 2, 2017

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon - Page 6


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This is the comfortable main lounge, located on the 1st floor of the Timberline Lodge Head House. The furniture is original, it was custom built for the Lodge in a WPA shop in Portland, Oregon and shipped up to the Lodge. This photo is a bit confusing as it was taken at the back of the room, facing south. The front door of the Lodge is on the far side hidden from view by the fireplace. The east wing and the Cascade Dining Room is to the left in this photo, to the right is the west wing guest rooms. The wood floors are Oregon white oak. If you click on the photo to display the enlarged version and look close you will notice what looks like an alligator skin pattern in the wood beam above the fireplace. Those patterns are blade marks left by the broadaxe and adz (adze) that were used to cut the beam.

In the center of the Main Lounge is the huge 6-sided chimney, with 3 fireplaces spaced around the chimney. Large cast iron lamps with parchment shades hang above. The huge beams are solid wood. The log rack in the fireplace is made from recycled steel railroad tracks. What appears to be the roof at the top of the Head House is a false ceiling. The actual roof is a few feet higher and is much steeper. Can you spot the geometric "petroglyph" the stone masons chiseled into the chimney rock?

A Ram's Head is a recurring theme in the lodge. This table at the back of the main lounge is an original furniture piece custom made for Timberline with the carved rams heads. In summer the window provides a spectacular view of Mt. Hood, but it was February when this photo was taken. Even though this is the second floor above ground level the deep snow outside completely covers the large picture window.

From a large doorway on the east side of the Main Lobby broad stairs drop down into the Cascade Dining Room. This is a spliced panoramic photo of the Cascade Dining Room. Notice the backs of the chairs are shaped like the Timberline Arch. The staff is setting the tables for lunch.

Here's another example of the Timberline Arch, framing the stairs off the west side of the Main Lounge. Notice the size of the wood beams and how they are notched, fitted, and interlocked together to form the arch. This is a style of construction more often seen in furniture construction. Wood pegs cover the holes where the iron bolts fasten the wood together. These joints are mortise and tenon type joints, very strong, but a lot of work to make! Most of the wood is fir. Notice the stair steps are solid slabs of wood.



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