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Gilbert Stanley Underwood (1890–1960)

National Register #77000149: Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite The Ahwahnee in Yosemite Valley
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Gilbert Stanley Underwood was an American architect best known for his National Park lodges.

After opening an office in Los Angeles that year, he became associated with Daniel Ray Hull of the National Park Service. This led to a commission with the Utah Parks Company of the Union Pacific Railroad which was developing the parks in hopes of producing destinations for travelers.

Underwood also designed stations for the Union Pacific, culminating in the art deco style station in Omaha in 1929. Then in 1932, Underwood joined the Federal Architects Project. While working for the federal government, Underwood produced the preliminary designs for the Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon, and went on to design more than 20 post offices, two major federal buildings, and the U.S. State Department Building. From 1947 to 1949, he was appointed as federal supervisory architect.

Adapted from Wikipedia.


Buildings Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood Sequenced By Year and Name
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Name Year Address City Remarks
Old Faithful Lodge1923Yellowstone National Park
Cedar Breaks Lodge1924Cedar Breaks National MonumentDemolished 1972
Bryce Canyon Lodge1925Bryce Canyon National Park
Ahwahnee Hotel1926Yosemite National Park
Zion Lodge1927Zion National ParkBurned 1966 and restored to original style 1990s.
Grand Canyon Lodge1928North RimGrand Canyon National ParkBurned 1932 and rebuilt with modified style on same footprint
Union Station1931OmahaNow houses Durham Western Heritage Museum
Sun Valley Lodge1936Sun Valley
United States Mint1937155 Hermann Street San FranciscoStripped classical style.
Rincon Annex Post Office1940101-199 Mission Street San Francisco
Jackson Lake Lodge1954Grand Teton National Park