Everything new is old again as cottages at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee get a back-in-time redo

Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park

The Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

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The cottages at the Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park have a new, old look thanks to a careful $650,000 refurbishment. The Ahwahnee, one of America's grand national park lodges, completed a historic redo of the cottages that were built in 1928.

The changes are based on old photos and historic documents to determine the types of textiles and color patterns to use in the upgrade.

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Kollath McCann Creative Services in New York was tapped to help with the work. Designers were directed to select furnishings and materials that reflect the hotel's look between 1925 and 1942, according to a hotel statement. Mission style credenzas and night stands (with power outlets and USB ports) were custom-made for the cottages.

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The hotel's standard cottages have king-sized beds. Classic cottages are larger and feature fireplaces and sitting areas. Prices range from $300 to $510 a night, excluding taxes.

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The cottages' new look comes with new artwork too. Walls are decorated with linoleum prints of pine cones by artist Kim Young Min as well as watercolors of Yosemite's waterfalls by early 20th century artist Gunnar Widforss.

Info: The Ahwahnee


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