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Timberline Lodge: A Love Story, Diamond Jubilee Edition Hardcover – October 15, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: RLO Media Productions; Diamond Jubilee Edition edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615383742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615383743
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 11.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When my publishers came to Portland...I arranged to take them to dinner at Timberline Lodge. I wanted to show them the top of the world. Jean Auel, author --jacket blurb

We have traveled and skied all over the world and have yet to stay at a more spectacluar ski lodge. Timberline is so accommodating that coming here feels like coming home. Phil and Steve Mahre, Olympic Skiers --Jacket Blurb

Timberline Lodge is an amazing place, a living, operating, thriving museum, reflecting the wonderment of Americana by American artists and artisans. I am not sure there is anything else quite like it in our country. Leon Uris, Author --Jacket Blurb

Mount Hood's Timberline Lodge is more than an Oregon monument; it is a place like no other in the state, perhaps the nation, maybe the world. Part of that is the lodge itself. For its myriad admirers it stands larger than the sum of its parts -- many of which, like the building itself, rank not merely as furnishings and decorations but full-fledged works of art. And part of that is its place on Mount Hood, whose terrain it matches perfectly. It offers not just another scenic vista but at once invites both physical exertion and reverie, plus reminders of a universe stretching to infinity. But for Oregon, and Portland in particular, it is the mountain, the crowning glory of the state's natural mystique. And since 1937, Timberline Lodge has been the jewel in that crown. The story of the lodge's rise has been chronicled many times: how as early as the 1920s a group of mountain-loving Portlanders lobbied for a comfortable base for climbers and skiers; how hundreds laboring for the Works Progress Administration during the Depression artfully brought it to reality; how President Franklin D. Roosevelt added his blessing at its dedication on Sept. 28, 1937; how a little later men who nurtured it gathered and, in the words of architect and Oregon WPA director E.J. Griffith, "Eyes glistened as they ... pledged themselves to meet each year ... to drink a toast to a job well done." And how, after a closure during World War II, the lodge was ill-managed and languished into bankruptcy until its savior arrived in 1955 in the person of Richard L. Kohnstamm. Kohnstamm, 29, a social worker by trade and skier by enthusiasm, admittedly knew nothing about running a ski resort. But he fell in love with Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge. So he took it over, learned on the job and carefully guarded its character. As he wrote in 1987: "... Timberline Lodge fits into the Pacific Northwest. It suits its people so well: fine, and very understated, real, and not at all flashy; democratic, and very special." Timberline Lodge is jewel in Oregon's crowning glory of Mount Hood. Richard Kohnstamm took over Timberline Lodge in 1955 and restored the property's historic features as well as its finances. His son Jeff now leads operation of the lodge under contract with the U.S. Forest Service. That's the way he kept it for the next five decades, through expansion, renovation, preservation, until his death at age 80 on April 21, 2006. There are grander, more magnificent structures in the world. But few offer the sense of belonging that's part and parcel of Timberline. In observance of the lodge's 50th anniversary in 1987, Kohnstamm's RLK and Co. published "Timberline Lodge, a Love Story." It was more than just a picture book -- a love song or, better yet, a cantata praising the lodge and the mountain, with some of the state's best writers, artists and photographers as soloists. Under Kohnstamm's son Jeff, RLK continues to operate the lodge and attendant facilities under contract with the U.S. Forest Service. In honor of Timberline's upcoming 75th year comes an updated version of "Love Story," edited by Jon Tullis, the lodge's director of public affairs. Six new essay --Jacket Blurb

Mount Hood's Timberline Lodge is more than an Oregon monument; it is a place like no other in the state, perhaps the nation, maybe the world. Part of that is the lodge itself. For its myriad admirers it stands larger than the sum of its parts -- many of which, like the building itself, rank not merely as furnishings and decorations but full-fledged works of art. And part of that is its place on Mount Hood, whose terrain it matches perfectly. It offers not just another scenic vista but at once invites both physical exertion and reverie, plus reminders of a universe stretching to infinity. But for Oregon, and Portland in particular, it is the mountain, the crowning glory of the state's natural mystique. And since 1937, Timberline Lodge has been the jewel in that crown. The story of the lodge's rise has been chronicled many times: how as early as the 1920s a group of mountain-loving Portlanders lobbied for a comfortable base for climbers and skiers; how hundreds laboring for the Works Progress Administration during the Depression artfully brought it to reality; how President Franklin D. Roosevelt added his blessing at its dedication on Sept. 28, 1937; how a little later men who nurtured it gathered and, in the words of architect and Oregon WPA director E.J. Griffith, "Eyes glistened as they ... pledged themselves to meet each year ... to drink a toast to a job well done." And how, after a closure during World War II, the lodge was ill-managed and languished into bankruptcy until its savior arrived in 1955 in the person of Richard L. Kohnstamm. Kohnstamm, 29, a social worker by trade and skier by enthusiasm, admittedly knew nothing about running a ski resort. But he fell in love with Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge. So he took it over, learned on the job and carefully guarded its character. As he wrote in 1987: "... Timberline Lodge fits into the Pacific Northwest. It suits its people so well: fine, and very understated, real, and not at all flashy; democratic, and very special." Timberline Lodge is jewel in Oregon's crowning glory of Mount Hood. Richard Kohnstamm took over Timberline Lodge in 1955 and restored the property's historic features as well as its finances. His son Jeff now leads operation of the lodge under contract with the U.S. Forest Service. That's the way he kept it for the next five decades, through expansion, renovation, preservation, until his death at age 80 on April 21, 2006. There are grander, more magnificent structures in the world. But few offer the sense of belonging that's part and parcel of Timberline. In observance of the lodge's 50th anniversary in 1987, Kohnstamm's RLK and Co. published "Timberline Lodge, a Love Story." It was more than just a picture book -- a love song or, better yet, a cantata praising the lodge and the mountain, with some of the state's best writers, artists and photographers as soloists. Under Kohnstamm's son Jeff, RLK continues to operate the lodge and attendant facilities under contract with the U.S. Forest Service. In honor of Timberline's upcoming 75th year comes an updated version of "Love Story," edited by Jon Tullis, the lodge's director of public affairs. Six new essayists add their voices to those in the original edition, with an array of spectacular new photographs. Nothing, of course, can equal the in-person exhilaration of the slopes or the spectacle of ever-changing light across the mountain, or the embracing comfort of the lodge. But "Love Story" comes close. In concluding his personal contribution to the book,Kohnstamm echoed the sentiment of the millions who have reveled there over the years: "There is only one Timberline, and I am glad I found it." --John Terry, Special to the Oregonian, 11/07/10

Timberline Lodge is an amazing place, a living, operating, thriving museum, reflecting the wonderment of Americana by American artists and artisans. I am not sure there is anything else quite like it in our country. Leon Uris, Author --Jacket Blurb

About the Author

Jon Tulliis has been with Timberline Lodge for twenty-six years where he serves as the Director of Public Affairs. Originally from Connecticut, he moved to Oregon as a young man and became enamored with Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge. He now serves on the Oregon Heritage Commission, the Oregon Sustainability Tourism Advisory Council, and is on the board of Travel Portland. Jon is a avid outdoorsman and is also a guitar player and writer of songs, poems and essays.

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By Susan on October 2, 2013
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My husband had his first visit to Timberline Lodge this summer. He fell in love with the beauty and the history of the place. I bought this book for his upcoming birthday gift, and it's a lovely pictorial testament to Timberline.
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By Jack on June 5, 2013
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An excellently written and presented book on the history of this wonderful place. Beautiful images, fantastic long life binding in the hard cover edition. An absolute must for anyone in love with national parks and historic lodges as I am.
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By Steve S. on September 3, 2014
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Excellent book filled with history and beautiful photographs. I purchased (2) books for my grandson's ages 8 & 12 to remember their trip to Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge with Grandpa and Grandma.
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