Roof replacement, concrete restoration happening at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park
The following is a news release from Grand Teton National Park. Photo: Grand Teton National Park, Historic Photograph Collection
MOOSE, Wyoming — The historic Jackson Lake Lodge, located within Grand Teton National Park, will undergo a roof replacement, exterior concrete restoration and re-staining to the building façade this summer to restore the character-defining architecture and design of the National Historic Landmark (NHL). Visitors will see construction and changes in the building’s appearance throughout the season.
Grand Teton Lodge Company operates Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park through a concessions contract. The Lodge was designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 2003 and is significant as one of the first examples of modern architecture in the National Park Service. Learn more about the history of Jackson Lake Lodge on the National Park Service website.
The “shadowood” decorative concrete exterior of the building is a character-defining feature of Jackson Lake Lodge, and it has deteriorated significantly since its construction. Over time, the concrete has spalled and cracked due to water infiltration and extreme temperature fluctuations. Additionally, the original stain color of the shadowood faded and was painted brown, altering its original appearance.
The multi-million dollar project, funded by Grand Teton Lodge Company, will result in the establishment of a new roof, drainage improvements, repair to previous concrete damage and restoration of the Lodge’s original stain color, which is lighter than the existing non-historic paint. Over the course of seven years, Grand Teton National Park and Grand Teton Lodge Company, in consultation with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office and in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, have conducted material science and historic document research to determine the best approach to repair and restore this nationally significant building. HPZS architectural firm conducted the design and is supporting through the construction, which will be led by Bulley & Andrews. All phases and steps of construction are being reviewed by park historic preservation experts to ensure that the cultural integrity of the Lodge is maintained.
Grand Teton Lodge Company has notified guests of construction activities. Visitors to the Lodge should be prepared for construction impacts, including associated noise, visible scaffolding and obstruction of some views. While overnight guests should not expect any impact to their lodging experience, there will be impacts to views from inside the Lodge through the month of June. The Lodge opened for the season May 20. For a full list of opening and closing dates for facilities and services in Grand Teton National Park, visit go.nps.gov/tetonseasons.