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North Rim in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt

Grand Canyon National Park

 
 
Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2016
1. Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt Marker
Inscription.  A fire consumed the main lodge building at the height of the Great Depression. The September 1, 1932, fire claimed no lives but left only stones. For four years the ruins of the Grand Canyon Lodge stood undisturbed, silhouetted eerily against a magnificent backdrop.

Through the severe winter of 1936-37, work crews labored to reconstruct the lodge using the standing limestone foundation. The redesigned Grand Canyon Lodge has a strictly rustic feel more adapted to a winter climate. It features cathedral ceilings and steeply pitched roofs, but preserves one of the primary attractions of the original lodge — the sun room. You join millions who came before you when you behold the grandeur of Grand Canyon for the first time through the windows of the sun room.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureDisastersParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 36° 11.919′ N, 112° 
Marker detail: 1928 Fire Damage image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: 1928 Fire Damage
Fire damage can still be seen on the limestone foundation.

Wet blankets draped over neighboring cabins prevented the fire from spreading.
3.142′ W. Marker is in North Rim, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from Grand Canyon Highway (Arizona Route 67) 43 miles south of U.S. 89A, on the left when traveling south. Marker is the rightmost of three panels in an interpretive kiosk located in front of the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Rim AZ 86052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grand Canyon Lodge, 1928-1932 (here, next to this marker); From Canvas to Castles (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Grand Canyon Lodge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Summer Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Explorer (approx. 10.3 miles away); Colonel Claude Hale Birdseye (approx. 10.3 miles away); Orphan Mine (approx. 10.3 miles away); Verkamp's Curios (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Rim.
 
Regarding Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt. National Register of Historic Places #82001721. Grand Canyon Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Grand Canyon Lodge
 
Also see . . .  Grand Canyon Lodge. On September 1, 1932, tragedy struck when a fire completely destroyed the four-year-old lodge.
Marker detail: Grand Canyon Lodge Promotion image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Grand Canyon Lodge Promotion
The rustic Grand Canyon Lodge is one of the best examples of railroad-sponsored architecture remaining in our national parks. This legacy from a bygone era is preserved today as a National Historic Landmark.
Fortunately, most of the surrounding cabins were spared, and visitors can still use them today. Rebuilding of the Grand Canyon Lodge itself began in 1936, and it opened in July of the next year. The new building used what was left of the original stone foundation, walls, and chimneys, but was more resistant to fire and had steeper roofs that could handle heavier snow loads. (Submitted on December 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2016
4. Grand Canyon Lodge, A Legacy Rebuilt Marker
(rightmost of three panels in kiosk)
Grand Canyon Lodge Great Room image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2016
5. Grand Canyon Lodge Great Room
Grand Canyon Lodge Window View image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2016
6. Grand Canyon Lodge Window View
Grand Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 11, 2016
7. Grand Canyon
(looking south from Grand Canyon Lodge patio)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 28, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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