He grew up in a virtual museum. Even now when he wanders around the lobby at Oregon's iconic Timberline Lodge, Kohnstamm, 47, sometimes flashes back to being a kid on a tricycle, winding his way around original furniture designed by Depression-era artisans.
For Kohnstamm, whose family has operated the federally owned property for a half century, the Mount Hood ski lodge has become a living scrapbook of his life. From birth until college he divided his days between school in neighboring Portland and Timberline -- with its rustic stone masonry, massive wooden beams, paintings, wood marquetry, custom wrought iron accoutrements and linoleum murals.
Since its birth in the late s as a New Deal project to create hundreds of jobs for Portland workers, craftsmen and artisans, Timberline has dug out its own place in American culture. And, if the photos strike you as familiar, it may be because Timberline has built a respectable resume as a location for films such as "Bend of the River," starring Jimmy Stewart, "All the Young Men," starring Sydney Poitier and the horror classic "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson.
The lodge stood as the haunted Overlook Hotel, but only in exterior shots. All interior scenes were shot elsewhere, said Kohnstamm, who helped the film crew during the shoot. I remember hiding in the trees so they could get the shots.
Growing up at the lodge for Kohnstamm meant making fast friends with children of guests who vacationed there every year. It was the place where he enjoyed his first legal beer on his 21st birthday -- in the lodge's Ram's Head Bar with its breathtaking view of the Cascade Mountains. The site for hundreds of guests' weddings over the years, Timberline was where Kohnstamm's own younger brother chose to tie the knot.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Share your thoughts with other customers. Among the art is the contribution of the year-old woman believed to be the last surviving artist commissioned to work on the lodge. Kohnstamm -- who took over management in and made it a successful business and whose family continues to manage the lodge. Looking westward and northward toward Portland and the Columbia River , with their great lumber and other wood using industries, they will understand the part which National Forest timber will play in the support of this important element of northwestern prosperity. The best way is to go see it for yourself.
It was where his late father announced the Christmas Eve arrival of Santa and a pair of authentic reindeer for guests' wide-eyed children. Kohnstamm learned to ski at age 3. Later, he says, to get them away from the TV, "my mom would make us go out and ski for at least an hour before we could watch football. We had all these people skiing and sleeping and whatever all over the place.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Timberline came uncomfortably close to being destroyed before Kohnstamm's father began operating it in Four previous operators hadn't had much success running the lodge, and in , the U. Forest Service thought of Timberline as more of a headache than anything else, Kohnstamm said.
Options at the time included either burning it or dismantling it until Kohnstamm's father, R. Kohnstamm, entered the picture.
The family's permit to operate Timberline expires in Local snowboarding entrepreneur John Ingersoll remembers R. Four previous operators hadn't had much success running the lodge, and in , the U. Forest Service thought of Timberline as more of a headache than anything else, Kohnstamm said. Options at the time included either burning it or dismantling it until Kohnstamm's father, R.
Kohnstamm, entered the picture. The family's permit to operate Timberline expires in Local snowboarding entrepreneur John Ingersoll remembers R. Kohnstamm, who passed away in , as a visionary.
He said snowboarding was going to be really big. Today, Ingersoll says Mount Hood's snowboarding camps gross millions of dollars each year. Last summer High Cascade's foot halfpipe hosted several U. Olympic team members, including gold medallist Shaun White.
Although White stayed at Timberline during his visit last summer, many guests come with no intention of boarding or skiing or hiking, said Sarah Munro, author of "Timberline Lodge: The History, Art, and Craft of an American Icon. It's sort of a living museum. Strolling around the lodge offers guests one surprise after another: wooden stair post newels carved in the shape of bears, owls and other animals; wrought iron fireplace andirons forged from train rails; lamps, iron-fashioned door handles and specially designed seat cushions.
The main lounge is dominated by an amazing three-story stone chimney with six fireplaces.
Forest Service administrator. The new stimulus funds are earmarked for painting, replacement of a water main and improvements for disabled guests, Kohnstamm said. It's unclear how many jobs will be created by the stimulus funds, but Kohnstamm guesses about a hundred jobs and ten different projects. Forest Service.
Timberline Lodge — the magnificent Oregon icon on Mount Hood — is one the few twentieth-century American buildings of its size constructed and furnished. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Not only does this exciting book tell the story of the lodge, but of the many people whose spirit of determination created this museum .
It wasn't until Jaqua began caring for Timberline's treasures 20 years ago that he really began to understand the bond that many guests form during their visits. I didn't expect the general public to be so in love with it. Share this on:. Most Popular.