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Great Lodges of the National Parks: The Companion Book to the PBS Television Series Hardcover – March 12, 2002
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It has 192 pages--loaded with lovely glossy pictures.
Not all of these lodges, however, are located in the national parks.Timberline Lodge is in a national forest and Oregon Caves Chateau is located at a national monument.
The pictures in this book are breathtaking. Historical pictures as well as present day pictures are located in the book.
This book is VERY similar to the Great Lodges of the West book (also by Christine Barnes). Some of the EXACT same pictures that are in the Great Lodges of the West book are in this book!
But this book adds more pictures.
This one has more pages (as compared to 136 pages) and this one has more pictures. Also covered in this one is Belton Chalet and Sperry & Granite Park Chalets (which the other book doesn't cover in full detail).Read more ›
But this book is 1/3 about the national parks, 1/3 about the history of the lodges, and 1/3 about the lodges today. If that is what you are looking for, then you will probably be happy with this book.
If, on the other hand, you want a book packed with lots of present day pictures of the lodges, you might be a little disappointed.
I already have books about the national parks and the scenery, so I wasn't looking for more of that. And I don't really care about who did what at the lodges back in 1940 or 1950 or whenever. I just wanted lots of pictures of how these beautiful buildings look today. There are a few nice color pictures of each lodge but not as many pictures of the lodges in their present state as you would think a nearly 200 page book would have.
"O" Magazine, March 2009: BOOKS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE to SARAH VOWELL
The author, public radio contributor, and self-described indoorsy person falls for outdoorsy epics, ace historians, and one very unhinged memoirist.
As someone who makes a living writing books, my favorite thing to talk about is other people's books...Truth is, I love paging through architecture books, and I have included one of my favorites here, because I find being in and thinking about buildings to be gloriously nonverbal. All five of the titles speak of my fascination with history and geography, mostly the history and geography of the United States.
Great Lodges of the National Parks
By Christine Barnes
I'm an indoorsy person who grew up in Montana alienated from nature. In my hometown, the outdoors was the domain of those who could climb higher, bike farther, ski faster, and camp out forever. But after I moved to New York City and got homesick for the West, I found myself drawn to our come-as-you-are national parks. I fell in love the comforting, all-American beauty of the historic lodges pictured and described in this book. Having dinner at El Tovar after a sweaty day ogling the Grand Canyon, or reading a book in a rocking chair at the Old Faithful Inn after sulfurous hikes around Yellowstone---it's hard not to get swept up with an old-fashioned excitement about seeing the country. Also, turns out I have a thing for stuff made out of giant logs.
(The author has another new edition, Great Lodges of the National Parks, Volume Two that I also love.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book and photos about the National Parks, magnificent treasures.Published 4 days ago by VP Customer
I bought the book hoping it would have a lot of photos of these classic lodges, and I was not disappointed. Lots of design ideas, I like the book.Published 3 months ago by Schipperke mom
It arrived with a serious case of water damage - many of the pages were stuck together and it smelled of mold.Published 13 months ago by Marilyn L. Lindsey
The photography in the Great Lodges series, both volumes one and two, is beautiful. The text not only gives readers specific details to look for when they visit national park... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Turi Lundquist
I purchased this book for my husband for Christmas after we had both seen it in the lobby of the lodge at the Grand Canyon. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by L. Miller
I bought this as a gift for a friend and they loved it. This would be a good coffee table book. The pictures are wonderful and if you like to travel it gives great information for... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by L. J. Meyer
I chose this book to help me with my future travels. I want to support the National Parks so that we can pass these places on to our children and grandchildren. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Rtist