Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Cutter, Kirtland Kelsey, Architect (firm); Kirtland Kelsey Cutter (architect); Edwin G. Evensta (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1914-1915

Lake McDonald, MT

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Contractors Evensta & Company began construction in 09/1914 on the Lake McDonald Lodge, working with laborers provided by the Great Northern Railroad owner, Louis Hill, son of the founder James J. Hill. Bridgebuilders in the employ of the Great Northern railroad erected the old-growth timbers used for supports. Kirtland K. Cutter provided a Swiss chalet design for the lodge in the summer of 1914, but he proved too busy to finish the project; instead, the Saint Paul, MN, architect, Thomas D. McMahon, adapted Cutter's design and supervised its construction. The hotel opened for business on 07/04/1915.

Louis Hill, President of the Great Northern Railroad, provided the investment for this lodge, the third and largest in Glacier National Park.

PCAD id: 13323