With Tall Timbers on Big Boulders, Moosilauke Lodge Rises
February 03, 2017by Charlotte Albright
The environmentally sound building pays homage to nature and history on a scenic site.
Huge, locally grown timbers are joined with pegs rather than nails. More modern construction will frame airtight windows and doors and create the interior spaces. The main floor features a massive stone fireplace built from local rock. The lower level provides additional social space, a multi-purpose room, and a library. “We’re preserving history,” says Joanna Whitcomb, director of campus planning. “We’ve saved historic signs, lots of photographs, and unforgettable memorabilia.”
The new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is taking shape. Tall white pines—harvested from property owned by Dartmouth and from the Bradford, Vt., woodlands of alumnus Putnam “Put” Blodgett ’53—have been stripped of their bark but otherwise left as visible reminders of the forests they came from. The timbers rest on giant boulders excavated from the lodge site and nearby locations. With spectacular views and a rustic interior, the lodge will be comfortable, durable, environmentally sustainable, and accessible to people with disabilities.
“It’s exciting to watch a building go up that will address all our program needs and connect generations of Dartmouth people for the next hundred years or more,” says Dartmouth Outing Club Director Dan Nelson ’75.
College photographer Eli Burakian ’00 has spent many happy hours hiking up to the Moosilauke summit and working or relaxing in the lodge and bunkhouses, so he was eager to take his cameras to the construction site to see how things are progressing.