AKA: Liddle Weekend Cabin, Mount Rainier, WA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Liddle, Alan, Architect (firm); Alan Curtis Liddle (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

1 story

Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Building History

Tacoma architect Alan Liddle (1922-2009) built this minimal mountain cabin c. 1950 on mountainous property nearby to Mount Rainier National Park. Stone for the thick walls came from the neighboring Nisqually River and logging roads. Initially, the cabin consisted of one room with high ceilings supported by rough-hewn logs. Designed for weekend use, this living room had three built-in couches and a large fireplace. A clerestory added light to the room, and a bay window (with an integrated couch) projected out supplementing floor space. The ceiling boards came from an abandoned logging mill. In plan, Liddle conceived to have the single room augmented later by a dining room addition off one corner and a sleeping/drafting room on another. The rooms would be separate and entry was to be gained through a central courtyard.

Building Notes

Alan Liddle's Mount Rainier weekend residence, was awarded a 1st Place Award for Fireplaces in the Unit Masonry Association's Award Competition for Puget Sound architects in 1954. (See Unit Masonry Association, Incorporated, Unit Masonry Idea Book, [Seattle: Unit Masonry Association, Incorporated, c. 1954], n.p.)

PCAD id: 19198