Bryce Canyon Lodge's Cedar Roof

 

Original Bryce Canyon Lodge

Original Bryce Canyon Lodge

The Bryce Canyon Lodge was constructed in the early 1920's by the Union Pacific Railroad as a way to gain more tourists in the area. In 1987, this lodge was acknowledged as a National Historic Landmark, and today is the only national park lodge from the era to still be intact and actively running. Crowning this rustic lodge was a bright hunter green roof made up of cedar shingles with a wave pattern giving the whole roof a unique sense of motion.  The last reroofing did not include the original roof pattern, but with preservation in mind the roof was matched as closely to the original as possible.

 

Arriving to Reroof

The reroofing process had to be done in the winter months during the lodge's off season. The crew arrived in January to a roof covered with snow! 

Shingling is Completed

It was a chancy process to attempt through the dead of winter, but by mid-April the reroofing process was finally complete!

 
 

Staining the Shingles

After a few months of drying out the shingles, the painting process began; the lodge’s designer (Gilbert Stanley Underwood) choose the hunter green roof to blend in with the Ponderosa Pines surrounding the lodge:

 

Project Complete!