Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#720 I am Robert Reamer. I'm kind of a big deal.

I am Robert Reamer.  You’ve never heard of me and I’m kind of a big deal.
You don’t know my name.  But you know my work.  I’m sure of that.  Have you heard of Yellowstone National Park?  Of course.  Have you heard of the world’s most famous geyser? Old Faithful, certainly.  What about Old Faithful Lodge?  Heard of it?  Guess what? I designed that big pile of logs when I was 29 years old. My hotel opened to raves in 1904. 
Since nobody had ever done it before, I designed a seven story log lobby that’s open inside all the way to the roof.  
Way back in 1904, I knew people liked ‘go big or go home’ architecture. In 2017, mine not only remains the biggest log hotel in the world, it’s still the biggest log building in the world.  

And because people absolutely loved my ultimate woodsy design, Old Faithful Lodge started a trend.  Heard of ‘Parkitecture’?  Heard of ‘National Park Rustic’? Yes, I started that. Visited grand rustic lodges in Glacier, Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, or Crater Lake?  All influenced by my work.

In addition to Old Faithful Lodge, Yellowstone hired me to design 40 more projects. Today my buildings stand in five states including a National Historic Landmark, eight on the National Register of Historic Places, and four contributing buildings in National Historic Districts. 

I am Robert Reamer, the Weaver of Dreams.  You’ve never heard of me and I’m kind of a big deal.

Yours in architectural agreement,

1 comment:

  1. Yours in learning something new every day��