Posted on November 21st, 2015

The Oregon Caves Chateau is a National Historic Landmark property on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a unique property in the NPS and one of the three “Great Lodges” in Oregon.

In 2009, the Friends, in cooperation with the NPS, completed the first phase of the Model Room. This included resolving the historic wall surface issues and working with the SHPO to begin the research process into the full restoration. In 2014 the Friends restored the lobby lighting and secured an historic replacement for the original “Nuwood”  which was used the wall and ceiling surfaces throughout the Chateau.  These  rehabilitation projects continues from the “lessons learned” in the first phase and offer information and clarification on the difficult restoration issues facing the Chateau.

We intend to develop easy-to-replicate processes to duplicate the historic character of the lobby and sleeping rooms. This includes ceilings with fire rated, sound baffling, materials to improve both appearance and function. New mechanical systems, insulation, and efficient bathroom fixtures will restore historic character while reducing water consumption and easing maintenance. It is our goal to create a warm, historically accurate and fully functional lobby, guest rooms and public spaces.

The full Chateau restoration, which was planned to take place 2018.   The cost is expected to be over $12 million with the NPS  is expected to contribute $6 million for Life, Safety and Accessibility in 2018 with the remaining $6 million for the full structural restoration to be raised by the Friends for all the interior restoration including the public spaces and the guest room.  This will also include the historic Monterey furniture.

The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau have a wonderful opportunity to fund the reconstruction of the three historic balconies which were original to the 1930’s design of the National Historic Landmark Lodge.   The project also includes the restoration of the former staff cafeteria, on a lower floor, to a conference and meeting space.This currently unused space called Little D  expands the use of the Chateau for art and music classes, reunions, community gatherings, and allows us to offer its use to professional and family groups. Restoring the balconies will again offer guests the opportunity to read and relax off the lobby, dine on the balcony and view the beautiful canyon.

We need your help. We are encouraging friends and supporters like you to consider how you can help us reach our goal. Please join us in restoring our remarkable historic lodge, the Oregon Caves Chateau.

We hope you will be part of this exciting project and join the many special activities planned around the state for the Centennial year.  Please consider us when you’re making your charitable contributions this year.

Thank you for being a part of the Oregon Caves and Chateau’s community – past and future.                                                                                         

Original lobby: Photo taken in 1934

Original lobby: Photo taken in 1934

A postcard photo of the lobby in 1950

A postcard photo of the lobby in 1950



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