Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful Inn is a massive building within a short viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser, the most famous geyser in the United States. The building is an exposed log and wood-frame structure of rustic design and gigantic proportions: nearly 700 feet in length and a central core seven stories high. The building was constructed in three major phases: the 1903 original section with the imposing gable roof, dining room and kitchen wings to the south, and small guest-room wings to the east and west; the 1913-14 east wing; and the 1927 west wing. The building faces north, oriented toward the old "circuit road" rather that toward the geyser. The building was designed by architect Robert Reamer.
It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. In
1988 the inn was seriously threatened by the massive North
Fork Fire, but was saved by the actions of firefighters,
volunteers, and a sprinkler system which was installed on
the roof the previous year.
The high-range rooms in this establishment were renovated in
1998 and 1999. The Inn is now over 100 years old, and
celebrated its centennial in 2004. In the same year, a
massive, multi-million dollar renovation project was begun
and completed in 2008. Today, the building
meets current seismic codes, and has
new wiring, plumbing, and heating systems. Leftover damage
from the 1959 earthquake was finally repaired, and
floors and roofing were replaced. The floor surrounding
the large fireplace in the main lobby has been lowered by
nearly a foot to return it to Reamer's original design.
Wherever possible, appearances and layouts were restored
to their original configurations.