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Ahwahnee Hotel

  • Native American Translation: Deep, grassy meadow

  • Travel Genus: Lodging , Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Lodging category: Upscale Lodging

The Ahwahnee is an enormous luxury hotel at the east end of the Yosemite Valley. Sited in a meadow, the building's large scale is diminished by the awesome beauty of the sheer granite cliffs of the north valley wall above.

The principal significance of the Ahwahnee lies in its monumental rustic architecture. Inseparable from that architecture is the period art work and interior design so carefully executed throughout the building. Also of significance is its importance as the hostelry that has housed through its history dignitaries, movie stars, artists, and others having an impact on the twentieth century. Undoubtedly this is due to the Ahwahnee's place as the architectural gem of monumental luxury of a crown jewel of the National Park System. Of regional significance is the Ahwahnee's place in California history and the development of the concessions industry at Yosemite National Park. - NPS

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Gilbert Stanley Underwood Architect

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Particulars for Ahwahnee Hotel:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Owner Federal
Historic Use Hotel
Level of Significance National
Architectural Style Park Service Rustic
Architectural Category Rustic

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th February 1977

Registry Name: Ahwahnee Hotel
Registry Address: Yosemite Valley
Registry Number: 77000149
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Federal
Architect: Underwood,Gilbert Stanley
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Rustic
Area in Acres: 35
Contributing Buildings: 1
Contributing Sites: 1
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Significant Year: 1925, 1927
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Hotel
Current Function: Domestic, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park Hotel

Creative Works »

The Shining Film Stanley Kubrick The main lobby set of the fictional Overlook Hotel in The Shining was based on the Ahwahnee Hotel

Accommodations »

Accommodations Luxury
Lodging category Upscale Lodging

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