Lodge: An Indoorsy Tour of America’s National Parks :: Hardcover

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Striking photos and personal, experiential stories lure park rookies and obsessives alike to the rustic charm of America’s National Park lodges.

Max Humphrey shines a light on 10 rustic National Park lodges in all their airy, timeworn splendor. No historic photos here; the images of the architecture and interiors are as they look today, highlighting these storied places in a fresh, alluring way. Sure, the lobbies are the main stage, but Humphrey touches on grand dining rooms, guest rooms, and rustic canteens alike. He writes about the buildings themselves in terms of the historical goings-on at the time, why they were built, and the players involved, highlighting notable architectural moments and period-specific furnishings. A smattering of pop culture history adds extra bursts of levity throughout.

Lodges and national parks included:

  • The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, California
  • Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  • Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, California
  • El Tovar, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Lake McDonald lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, Washington
  • The Oasis, Death Valley NP, California
  • Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Paradise Inn, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  • Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, Utah



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Editorial Reviews


“This is a truly exceptional book, lushly photographing 10 historic lodges across America. The feel of each lodge is beautifully presented in both photographs and captions — it's like being able to visit the lodge in person and just walk around and enjoy the sights. This isn't really about the history of the buildings so much as a celebration of what you would find if you stayed there today. As a coffee table book, you can't get much better than this. In all, I lovingly made my way through this book and took my time just exploring and enjoying the images. The words never intruded and the one-page lodge introductions were casual, amusing, and inviting. If anything, I would have wished for 10 more lodges in the same book, it was that good. Well worth the read for a beautiful part of American history.” -- Andrea Joki ― Edelweiss Published On: 2022-12-13

“What a lovely book! The beautiful pictures take the reader inside national parks! It was great to revisit some of the parks I have seen in person and see places I have yet to visit. My bucket list grew after reading 
Lodge. If you like architecture, the outdoors, and National Parks, you need this book!” -- Tracy Cramer, Librarian ― Edelweiss Published On: 2023-01-11

“A witty, savvy, and welcoming national parts pictorial, Lodge spotlights the beautiful harmony between dwellings and natural wonders.” -- Meg Nola ― 
Foreword Reviews Published On: 2023-03-01

"For fans of “parkitecture” and armchair travel, this tome is a dream destination that features 10 bucolic National Park lodges from Arizona to California (and several states in between). Inside, the authors delve into why these structures were made, noteworthy architectural aspects, era-specific furnishings, people involved in the projects, and what was happening in society at the time of their construction. It’s a fascinating look at their stories infused with hints of pop-culture history and a bit of wit throughout." -- Stefanie Schwalb ― 
Boston Home Published On: 2023-02-23


"LODGE is a beautiful reminder to go somewhere rustic with spotty wifi once in a while." -- Barbara Corcoran, Shark on ABC's Shark Tank, Business Unusual Podcast Host, and Founder of The Corcoran Group Published On: 2022-11-07

About the Author

Max Humphrey spent 10 years in Los Angeles designing homes all over the US. In 2016, he moved to Portland to launch his own design firm. He has been featured in Architectural DigestDominoDwellThe Wall Street Journal, and as one of Apartment Therapy’s design changemakers. Max was also featured as a Next Wave designer in House Beautiful and has been named one of Country Living’s 100 most creative people. He is the author of Modern Americana (Gibbs Smith, Spring 2021). He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Kathryn O’Shea-Evans lived in three national parks during her college summers before she became a design and travel journalist for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and coauthor of design monographs for Abrams, Monacelli, and Rizzoli New York, including Mark D. Sikes’s More Beautiful. She lives in Denver, Colorado.