Bear Mountain Inn was contructed in 1915 by park employees. The used native materials, found on site. The inn is two stories with a stone foundation. The interior was made with heavy chestnut log posts. Beams made from the same material were used to support the large stone fireplaces. Rustic timbers were used for the framing, paneling and ceilings. Crafter used native birch and hand-hammered iron to make light fixtures. The was are covered with paintings of river steamboats, Native American textiles and mounted birds and animal heads decorated the walls. Carpenters made sofas, chairs and tables from chestnut trees. This rustic furntiture makes the inn appear even more parklike and rugged. This Inn was the epitome of rustic design and serves as the example for the construction of similar buildings that we now associate with "park architecture."
I have never stayed here and only got to see the inside of this glorious place because it was closed for renovations when I was there. But, from the outside it was beautiful.
The inn is closed for renovations until 2007, but the rest of the park is open.
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