This presentation was part of A Century of Design in the Parks Symposium, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 21-23, 2016.
By Liz Hallas, AIA and Nan Anderson, FAIA
How often should the NPS rehabilitate a National Historic Landmark? It depends.
Commanding what is arguably the most spectacular view from any building in the NPS system,
Many Glacier Hotel hosts over 300,000 overnight and day visitors each summer. But despite its popularity and storied past, it had not experienced a major rehabilitation in its 100-year history.
It had endured forest fires, floods, 30’ snow drifts and misguided “remuddlings.”
Join us for the pictorial journey that started in 2004 and may end in 2017! We’ll reveal Many’s compromised condition, the effects of a severe climate, unaddressed code deficiencies, funding realities and the political forces that finally focused enough attention on the building to accomplish the Phase 1 Rehabilitation (the north half).
With Phase 2 (the south half) about to launch, we’ll also discuss the difference between what the two phases will achieve and the roles that the Park, the Concessioner and the Architect have had in advocating for the building’s preservation.
Liz Hallas, AIA, and Nan Anderson, FAIA, are principals and co-conspirators with Anderson Hallas Architects, PC. Both have been involved with Many’s rehabilitation since that first phone call from the NPS, in 2004. With staff changes at both the Park and the DSC, Liz and Nan are the only representatives of the project’s “institutional memory.” Anderson Hallas Architects, PC is an award-winning firm with an equal footing in historic preservation and contemporary design. Since 2004, the firm has primed four 5-year contracts with the National Park Service (in the Intermountain, Midwest and Pacific West Regions) and is/has sub-consulted on seven other NPS teams.