|Great Lodges of the National Parks
Oregon is privileged to be the home of three outstanding Northwest Lodges profiled the PBS series and Christine Barnes' book, "Great Lodges of the National Parks". The Chateau at the Oregon Caves, Crater Lake Lodge and Timberline Lodge serve guests from around the world.
Built in 1934, the Chateau at Oregon Caves National Monument is a rustic hotel in the Siskiyou Mountains adjacent to the entrance to the cave in the only active limestone formation in Oregon. The Chateau is part of a larger development that included a "chalet" (dormitory/gift shop/multiple use structure), several employee and rental cottages, and a visitor contact station, all under consideration for National Register status as part of a district. The buildings were all constructed between 1923 and 1941. The Chateau is, without question, the most outstanding of the structures.
STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE
The prime significance of Oregon Caves' Chateau lies in its designer's extraordinarily creative use of the limited building site and how he allowed the site to dictate major architectural choices. Inseparable from that is the extremely high integrity of the building, the furnishings and the site. Of local significance is the importance of the development of Oregon Caves, fostered by local businessmen who formed the Oregon Caves Company- the monument's concessionaire-to stimulate the depressed economy in the area.
Today's visitor to the Chateau is still enchanted by the rustic sense of place that the builder and the landscape architects created. Entering the area is very much like traveling back into the 1930s. Trout still swim in the pools. The Chateau is more weathered, but the furnishings are entirely original. Even the smell of the aging fiberboard wall panels inside the Chateau contributes to that undeniably nostalgic feeling.
The Chateau is operated by Oregon Caves Outfitters providing services critical to the use and enjoyment of the Oregon Caves National Monument, supporting education and respecting the history and diverse natural beauty of this unique environment while giving our guests the best in service and hospitality.
Oregon Caves Outfitters is part of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCDO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, working to improve economic and social conditions in Oregonís rural southwest through programs designed to enhance the standard of living, create jobs and encourage sustainable community development.