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Restoration efforts of Timberline Lodge come to center stage at the library


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: - This is part of the Sandy Library display of hooked rugs created for previous anniversaries of Timberline Lodge. A program about the history of Timberline Lodge is set for Sunday, Oct. 28. The display will be in the library through November. Besides the Barlow Trail and stories of the early settlers of this area, one of the most historical and interesting places is Timberline Lodge.

Young by some standards, the lodge is taking a number of months to celebrate another milestone in its life — its 75th anniversary.

To honor that achievement, the Sandy Public Library is displaying a dozen burlap and wool hand-hooked rugs, made in the spirit of the originals that were placed in the lodge’s rooms. The displayed rugs were created for the lodge’s 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries.

The original Arts and Crafts-inspired rug designs were hooked by Works Progress Administration workers in time for the lodge’s official opening in February 1938. Those designs were the creation of Oregonian Margery Hoffman Smith, who was asked to create furnishings for the huge lodge.

Each of the more than two dozen rug designs was paired with complementary designs on bedspreads, draperies and upholstery, which were crafted by an equal number of WPA craftspeople. Through the nonprofit Friends of Timberline along with some volunteers and paid workers, furnishings were copied, using similar materials and designs, to help restore the lodge to its original design.

Starting in 1975, Marlene Gabel, a fiber crafts artist and teacher, made templates from the original designs and adapted others based on themes in the originals. A group of paid workers and volunteers began the process of replacing the fiber furnishings for the lodge. For more than 33 years, Linny Adamson, curator of the lodge, has directed the restoration work.

Sarah z, historian of Timberline Lodge, will present a program on the early history of the lodge, from its design and construction to its modern state.

The free program will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Community Room of the Sandy Library. A volunteer rug hooker will demonstrate the craft, and Adamson will answer restoration questions.

Munro also will be available to sign her 2009 book, “Timberline Lodge: The History, Art and Craft of an American Icon.”

The Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., is open seven days a week (closed Nov. 11 and 22).

For more information, call 503-668-5537.