The hotel

Old Faithful Inn (1903-1927) – Yellowstone National Park WY
Robert Reamer, AIA

photo: Lester Lefkowitz/Corbis

Old Faithful Inn is an exposed-log, wood-frame building of enormous proportions. The massive gable roof is the building’s central feature. The enormous, seven-story lobby of gnarled logs and rough-sawn wood is perhaps unique in American architecture. The inn is one of the few remaining log hotels in the country. It has influenced the rustic style of architecture seen throughout the nation’s parklands.