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Flying 'L' Lodge
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Architect Thom Oppelt designed the Flying 'L' Lodge in the National Parks or “Park-itecture” tradition. The 12,000 square foot residence draws it historical precedence from two of the great lodges of the west.
The first is the rustic Old Faithful Lodge located in Yellowstone National Park in Montana and the Second is the luxurious Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite National Park in California. This home embraces the vision
of Storm Mountain Ranch by ‘incorporating native landscaping and local colors and materials to make the
home feel a part of its environment.’ The objective was to create a home that gives the appearance of being
timeless and to have evolved over time--a goal Storm Mountain’s architect Bob Fitzgerald describes as a
structure ‘that seems to spring from the landscape rather than to have been dropped onto it.’
To achieve this sense of being one with nature, the Flying 'L' Lodge is integrated into the hillside. Locally
quarried granite boulders help create the landscape around the home and then stone is used to transition from nature to the structure. The overall landscape concept was to create a ballet of man and nature, accomplished by incorporating a variety of native trees, streams and ponds that further the sensual relationship with nature.

Architecturally, Thom’s concept was to create a home with a sense of timelessness--a home that had evolved
from a cabin to a lodge over a period of time. To achieve this look, he combined an eclectic mix of locally
utilized rustic materials such as dry stacked stone for a sense of permanence, rustic round logs for a reflection of the pioneer days and a dove tailed square log siding for a more refined, luxurious and contemporary feel to complete the majority of the structure. Then he added touches of board and batten vertical siding and horizontal wavy board siding to give the home another layer of time and evolution. This evolution can even be seen in the roof materials--the majority of the roof is tile accented with areas of metal that simulate addition to the original structure over time.

The architectural success of a home such as the Flying 'L' Lodge is not measured simply by its visual impact, but also by the way being in and around the home makes you feel. Thom’s goal of “tranquil restoration” is evident in the rustic warmth and serenity which come from a seamless union of architecture and nature. The “poetry” of architecture, as applied to the Flying 'L' Lodge, is perhaps best captured in the words of Romantic poet William Wordsworth in “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”:

And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear,--both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognise
In nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my mortal being.

Interiors by: Drayton Designs, Inc.

Contact: Anne Roberts

Type: Interior Designer
Address: Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Phone: 714-779-1430