LeConte Memorial Lodge

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LeConte Memorial Lodge
Exterior of the LeConte Memorial Lodge
LeConte Memorial Lodge is located in California
LeConte Memorial Lodge
Location Curry Village, California
Coordinates 37°44′24.39″N 119°34′42.32″W / 37.7401083°N 119.5784222°W / 37.7401083; -119.5784222Coordinates: 37°44′24.39″N 119°34′42.32″W / 37.7401083°N 119.5784222°W / 37.7401083; -119.5784222
Built 1903
Architect White,John
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 77000148
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 8, 1977[1]
Designated NHL May 28, 1987[2]

The LeConte Memorial Lodge is a structure in Yosemite National Park in California, United States. LeConte is spelled variously as Le Conte or as Leconte. The lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

The LeConte Memorial Lodge was built by the Sierra Club in 1903 in memory of Joseph LeConte, one of the founding members of the Sierra Club, who died in 1901. The US$4,500 cost to build the Lodge was contributed by students, alumni and faculty from the University of California and Stanford University, San Francisco businesses, and friends and relatives of LeConte. The Sierra Club levied a $1.00 assessment on each of its members to help raise the funds.

The Lodge was constructed at the base of Glacier Point in Curry Village and was dedicated on July 3, 1904. In 1919, the lodge was moved west in the Yosemite Valley to its current location across from Housekeeping Camp. For four years from 1920, Ansel Adams served as the lodge's summer custodian.[5]

Design[edit]

Architect John White designed the Lodge. The design was influenced by his brother-in-law, Bernard Maybeck. White's design reflected the vertical nature, color and texture of Yosemite Valley by featuring a steep, pitched roof, rough-hewn granite stone walls and exposed beams.

Interior of the Lodge. A bas-relief of Joseph LeConte is over the fireplace.

The lodge's initial construction predates the National Park Service's later emphasis on rustic construction, and marks a transition from formal European design prototypes to a design philosophy more aligned with locale and native building materials.[3]

The Lodge served as the first visitors center in Yosemite National Park, but has since been replaced by a larger National Park Service facility near Yosemite Village. Today, the Lodge is owned by the National Park Service and is operated by the Sierra Club as a conservation and natural history library, a museum on the life of Joseph LeConte and the history of the Sierra Club, and a lecture hall.

Description[edit]

The Tudor Revival lodge is built of rough-shaped granite in a rough-coursed ashlar pattern, unlike most stone park structures which were built using rubble coursing. The Y-shaped building, set at the base of a cliff, is entered by a small porch at the center of the Y.  A steeply pitched gable roof is defined at the ends with parapets. The small wings have substantially lower height. The roof is supported by exposed hammer beams that in turn support scissors trusses. The interior is divided into three rooms, with a main meeting room in the base of the Y and two smaller rooms in the angled arms. The main meeting room has two levels, with an intimate lower section next to the fireplace opposite the entrance.[3]

References[edit]

  • LeConte Memorial Lodge (brochure). Sierra Club. 
  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Leconte Memorial Lodge". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b c ["Le Conte Memorial Lodge", 1985, by Laura Soullière Harrison PDF (412 KiB) "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination"]. National Park Service. 1985. 
  4. ^ [Le Conte Memorial Lodge--Accompanying 6 NPS photos by Laura Soullière Harrison, exterior, from 1985. PDF (583 KiB) "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination"]. National Park Service. 1985. 
  5. ^ Kaiser, Harvey H. (2002). An Architectural Guidebook to the National Parks: California, Oregon, Washington. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. pp. 109–110. ISBN 1-58685-06-0 Check |isbn= value (help). 

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