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The Rapids Lodge

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1913, Laps Ish. 209 Hancock Ave.

Lodgepole slab walls in vertical and diagonal sections adorn the original rustic lodge of this resort. Under a new metal roof, The Rapids still welcomes diners and overnight guests. Laps (for Lapis Lazuli because of his deep blue eyes) Ish, a miner, built the lodge with the help of his son, Guy. Prominent third-story dormers provide a peaked theme repeated in small separate cabins. The little-altered structure sits in a spruce and lodgepole pine grove on the north inlet of Grand Lake, where Ish harnessed rapids with a water wheel and electric generator to make The Rapids the first electrified resort in the county.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "The Rapids Lodge", [Grand Lake, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 455-455.

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