View of the hotel from 1924.
Lobby view from the 1930s. Note that the Oriental Lanterns have been replaced by mission style light fixtures. Most of the original armchairs are also gone; in this era the hotel was using folding "director" chairs that were in vogue. The skulls and furs still adorned the walls at this point; the spiral stair to the basement would remain until 1950.
Lobby view prior to the 1930s. This postcard view shows the lobby as intended, the center of evening activities and animated conversation. Although it looks much different today, the lobby is still a lively place.
Easily the most in-depth and enjoyable text on the the great lodges of Glacier National Park is Glacier's Historic Hotels And Chalets: View With A Room by Ray Djuff and Chris Morrison. It provides a rich background on how the Great Northern Railway developed its lodges and chalets, as well as the full story on John Lewis and the Lake McDonald Lodge. The text is supported with a number of rare vintage photos, and is really a must-read for parkitecture enthusiasts or anyone who enjoys the history of man's relationship to Glacier National Park. If you'd like to find out more, click here for a link to Amazon.com, where you can sometimes find a used copy of the book at a terrific price. Either way, it's an excellent read.
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