Once Threatened With Closure, The Rehabilitated 1917 Many Glacier Hotel Shines With Rustic Grandeur

The 3-story lobby of Many Glacier Hotel, featuring warmly-restored, massive timbers and recreated Japanese lanterns.

When the lights go out in nature they come on here in the space and it has a sparkle and a magic that not many spaces have, certainly not many spaces that are built today have.”

Glacier National Park’s Many Glacier Hotel is the signature landmark of a National Historic Landmark District, in a World Heritage Site within an International Peace Park. From its setting on the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake the hotel looks across miles of deeply glaciated valleys, mountains and tundra – a picture postcard of American wilderness. Built in 1917, it endured forest fires, floods and 30’ snow drifts – conditions that landed it on the National Trust’s “America’s 11 Most Endangered Places” list in 1996.

By 2004, interior conditions were so dire, the National Park Service (NPS) considered closing it. The hotel was in urgent need of emergency repairs:

  • Replacement of original knob and tube wiring, a severe fire risk
  • Replacement of rotted wood structure and burst pipes
  • Replacement of the 50-year old, clogged fire sprinkler system, the system responsible for preventing a fire from spreading throughout the wood frame structure Anderson Hallas Architects, PC began rehabilitation design for the Park Service in 2004, outlining a multiyear phased interior rehabilitation of the hotel. Over thirteen years, they worked with dedicated park service staff and developed a phased approach which successfully obtained funding from private donors, Congress and the hotel’s concessioners to rehabilitate this national treasure.

Public/Private Partnership

With a maintenance backlog of over 11 billion dollars, the

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