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Timberline Lodge is a living museum and National Historic Landmark that also operates as a hotel, ski area and destination for two million visitors a year. In partnership with the US Forest Service and the Friends of Timberline, it is our honor and responsibility to preserve the Lodge and its artwork.

Where We Live: Timberline Lodge

By Ken Boddie for Koin 6 News

Timberline Lodge

Icons in Stone and Reputation

“Less well known are the historic sites the Forest Service owns and cares for…a rustic but grand lodge in Oregon’s Cascade Range built by federal work crews during the depression and adorned by Native American art and exquisite carving.” Timberline Lodge is featured in Your National Forest Magazine.


Timberline Lodge is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members.
Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated historic hotels. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.


Oregon Heritage Excellence Award
Given to the Timberline Lodge Partnership of the U.S. Forest Service, The Friends of Timberline, and R.L.K. and Co., for their outstanding public/private collaboration to preserve and manage a national historic landmark.
The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage and raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities. Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and meritorious work. Special consideration is given to the development of new ideas, approaches and innovations.

Friends of Timberline Turns 40 This Year
Friends of Timberline (FOT) was established in 1975 as a non-profit organization to conserve and restore the furnishings and art of Timberline Lodge. FOT was the inspiration of John A. (Jack) Mills, a Portland civic leader and Richard L. (Dick) Kohnstamm, the area operator. Friends of Timberline is dedicated to preserve and conserve Timberline Lodge, protect its historical integrity and communicate the spirit of its builders by raising funds and coordinating community efforts to accomplish these goals. All projects are funded by a partnership of public donations (those of us that cherish and use Timberline Lodge) and Foundation Grants. While some are to preserve or enhance physical items, there are other projects to preserve and document the history of the Lodge.


Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Visit to Timberline

Katy Muldoon of Oregon Live recalls FDR’s visits to the Pacific Northwest in thorough detail: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s big day in Oregon.

John Killen commemorates the 70th anniversary of FDR’s death with a similar recounting of events: Past Tense Oregon: Franklin Roosevelt, who died 70 years ago, made historic visits to Oregon.

OPB’s Great Lodges of the National Parks: Pacific Northwest
The history, architecture and preservation of Timberline Lodge is featured on Great Lodges of National Parks by PBS and OPB.