Participants in a cultural history tour of Yellowstone National Park visited Lake Hotel and several other historic buildings in the park. Pictured above is the sun room at Lake Hotel, which Wyoming columnist Bill Sniffin said many folks claim to be one of the most “centering” places on the planet. Attempts now are under way to have the hotel put on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson
Although few people visiting Yellowstone National Park realize it, several of the historic buildings they see were designed by the same architect.
Robert C. Reamer designed the Old Faithful Inn (1903-04) and its west wing (1927), the Lake Store (1919), the Lake Hotel (1922-23), the Upper Hamilton Store in the Old Faithful area (1929), the National Hotel (now the main wing of the Mammoth Hotel) at Mammoth Hot Springs and Mammoth Hotel Cottages (1938). Reamer also redesigned the National Hotel in 1936 after a fire, and may have had a hand in the design of the stone arch leading into Yellowstone from Gardiner, Mont.