Yellowstone Architecture – Think Lodge on Steroids

September 10th, 2010

This is the Old Faithful Lodge

You can watch Old Faithful erupt from the enormous windows in the lobby.  Despite it’s grandeur, this space is cozy and welcoming.  There’s a coffee shop with bakery items in the corner and comfortable places to sit and enjoy your snack.  There is also a gift shop that is crowded with Americans.  All the Europeans and Asians in the park are out scaling cliffs to the tops of waterfalls.

The Yellowstone Inn.

Located on the opposite side of Old Faithful from the Lodge, Old Faithful Inn is the quintessential mountain hotel.  The central part of the building (with the steep roof and the pointy gables) was built in 1903.  Two more wings were added later.  Inspired by the 1870 Adirondack designs by William West Durant, the Yellowstone Inn is the oldest log hotel in the US.

World’s most pathetic fireplace shot of Yellowstone Inn’s massive chimney.

The interior of Yellowstone Inn.

Yellowstone architecture is all about the front porch.

This is the front porch of the Roosevelt Lodge.

Portions of the Yellowstone Lake Inn date back to 1891.  It is the oldest surviving hotel in the park.

The dining room and sun room were added in 1929.

I had hoped to eat lunch here, but we didn’t arrive until mid-afternoon and they were no longer serving.

So we just gawked at the interiors a bit.

Used the marble bathroom…

And headed just down the road to the Lake Lodge in hopes of a late luncheon.

Sadly, the lodge was also no longer serving.

C’mon Yellowstone!

The park is literally crawling with hungry people!

Can you seriously not whip us up a hamburger?!?!?!?

So we limped back to camp and I made us some spaghetti on the old camp stove.

The end.


  • Rechelle, I have to say I’m really disappointed that in the shot of the bathroom with the 4 mirrors, you didn’t get a picture of yourself with your hip cocked off to the side. Lord knows the world needs more of those pics. But have to say, the shots are gorgeous and looks like you had a great time. We did Yosemite last year so now I’m itching to do more of the National Parks.

  • Little Apple:

    I worked a whole summer at Old Faithful in 1961. Our dormitory was upstairs over the postcard and film shop. Fantastic summer.
    When we took my little ones to the park in the 70′s, the shop was gone and replaced with an asphalt parking lot. Sad! But the mountains and the water and steam and rocks and trees were still the same. Tourists were worse than I remembered. I’ll bet they are even worse now! I can still smell the Yellowstone smells when I think about it.

  • Kay in KCMO:

    What a beautiful place. Screw hiking, just let me hang out in the lodge for a few days.

  • LucyJoy:

    Oh! How I love those buildings at Yellowstone! Just beautiful. Great pictures.

    Too bad you couldn’t get a bite to eat.

  • Wait, did you go in the bathrooms at the OF Lodge? They are seriously the most gorgeous bathrooms in the entire park!

    But Lake is still my favorite location…Sorry we wouldn’t feed you. : (

  • Lynn in WI:

    That is the cutest camping outfit I’ve ever seen. I’m hoping it didn’t get splattered with spaghetti sauce.

  • We had dinner at the Lake Lodge, very hoity-toity and delicious! Although we were reminded just a wee bit of The Shining. Great shot of the fireplace tiles!
    Have you been watching the National Parks Series? The Yellowstone segment is very interesting.

  • Bridget:

    Some the interior architecture brought to mind scenes,that I have in my mind, from the Great Gasby. I liked the mixture of art deco, art nouveau and the old west. I especially liked the the tiles around the fire place. I love being outside in nature, but I think that I would have walked around in awe just looking the inside of the lodge. I love looking at old architecture- my good friend got me hooked on it when I live in New Orleans with her. That and graveyard crypts. Oh they are works of art, some are so beautiful. Wow.