The Lodge at Crater Lake - circa 1923


The Lodge at Crater Lake - Thomas M. Swem

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The original for this panoramic view is a hand-tinted print included in "Crater Lake National Park, Oregon", published by Swem's Studio in Medford. The scene includes an intriguing fabrication.

The new north wing of the lodge is depicted as being one continuous addition (see detail view 1), when in fact it was composed of a "bridge" section and a different sized outer section. Our best theory is that Swem's Studio sent this to print before the addition was completed, and what we see of it is hand-drawn on a photo taken before the addition.

It's a striking image, with a mystery.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1212
Photographer Thomas M. Swem
Location Crater Lake, Klamath County
Subject Hotels, Lakes and Reservoirs, Rock Formations
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Hand-tinted Print
Size of Original 5.8 x 16.3 inches
Photographer's Number No