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Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere

 
 
The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
1. The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere Marker
Inscription.  The log, trestle-roofed entranceway to The Ahwahnee hotel is called the “porte cochere.” The hotelís architect had originally intended that automobiles enter a porte cochere from the meadow side of the hotel through the space where the Indian Room is now located.

Once through, the cars would be parked here, behind the hotel. In the final days before opening the hotel, officials realized that fumes and noise from cars passing beneath the hotelís second floor would disturb guests. Donald Tresidder, then president of Yosemite Park and Curry Co., ordered that a completely new entrance and 120-foot-long entrance walkway be constructed immediately. The porte cochere was hurriedly completed, just in time for the hotelís first guests on July 14, 1927.

The original porte cochere, made of ponderosa pine, lasted 61 years but eventually deteriorated. The structure was rebuilt in November 1988. It copies the original in exacting detail. However, it uses larger Douglas fir logs obtained outside the national park. The Douglas fir beams were needed to meet current building codes. The pillars and Vermont slated roof remain from
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the original construction.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1850.
 
Location. 37° 44.812′ N, 119° 34.457′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Ahwahnee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Ahwahee Drive, Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grand Lodge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); LeConte Memorial Lodge (approx. half a mile away); A Home for Rangers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Yosemite Valley (approx. 0.7 miles away); Yosemite National Park (approx. ĺ mile away); Big Tree (approx. ĺ mile away); Reawakening the Meadow (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Story of Half Dome (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
 
The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
2. The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere Marker
The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
3. The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere
The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
4. The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 836 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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