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

The Grand Lodge

 
 
The Grand Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
1. The Grand Lodge Marker
Photo captions: National Park Service Superintendent W.B. Lewis, Curry Company Director A.B.C. Dohrmann, a National Park Service Architect, Curry Company President, Don Tresidder, and architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood hold a rendering of the hotel; Background: Ahwahnee plans by G.S. Underwood, 1926.
Inscription. The first director of the National Park Service, Stephen T. Mather, was as at home in the High Sierra as he was in high society. To ensure Yosemite’s protection for future generations, he knew that influential people would have to care about the park in its natural state. To attract this clientele, Mather hired architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood to create a world-class hotel that reflected the Valley’s stately domes and cliffs. On July 14, 1927 – at a cost of $1.5 million - The Ahwahnee opened its doors in a gala event.

Call of Duty

Kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, movie stars and celebrities have all graced The Ahwahnee’s guest list. But during World War II, the artwork and fine furnishings moved into storage and the hotel was transformed into a Navy convalescent hospital. The Great Lounge became a dormitory for 350 sailors. At times, as many as 850 staff and patients occupied the grand hotel. Servicemen soon grew weary, as Yosemite was far away from loved ones and “civilization.”
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 44.737′ N, 119° 34.457′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County
The Grand Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
2. The Grand Lodge Marker
. Marker can be reached from Ahwahnee Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Ahwahee Drive, Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ahwahnee Porte Cochere (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. ¾ mile away); Reawakening the Meadow (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Story of Half Dome (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Old Yosemite Village (approx. 0.9 miles away); James Hutchings (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
 
Also see . . .  The Ahwahnee Hotel History. The site for The Ahwahnee, once a village of the native Miwoks, was chosen because of its exposure to the sun and stunning views of Yosemite's icons – Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. (Submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, World II
 
The Ahwahnee image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
3. The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
4. The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
5. The Ahwahnee
Entrance to the Ahwahnee lobby from the Porte Ochere image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
6. Entrance to the Ahwahnee lobby from the Porte Ochere
National Historic Landmark plaque to the right of the entrance.
Plaque in the Ahwahnee's lobby image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
7. Plaque in the Ahwahnee's lobby
The Ahwahnee Hotel first opened its doors to park visitors on July 14, 1927. Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, it took two years to build at a cost of $1,250,000. The hotel was conceived by Stephen T. Mather, first Director of the National Park Service, and on February 15, 1977 was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of is architectural significance.
The Indian Room in the Ahwahnee. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
8. The Indian Room in the Ahwahnee.
A fireplace in the Ahwahnee image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 15, 2013
9. A fireplace in the Ahwahnee
Dining room at the Ahwahnee image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 20, 2013
10. Dining room at the Ahwahnee
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 25, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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