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Skytop Lodge

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1925 and later, John Muller, architect; Olmsted Brothers, landscape. Off PA 390, Skytop, 4.4 miles north of Mountainhome
  • Skytop Lodge (© George E. Thomas)

Skytop was created to compete with Buck Hill Falls ( MN14) and in many ways was similar to it, even to its mountain version of a giant stone mansion. But unlike its inspiration, Skytop has remained vital to the present in large measure because it immediately adopted the winter sports with ski slopes, ski jump, and toboggan slide. If one Pocono resort should be seen, this is it. Notably, the source of the capital was Daniel White, former owner of Atlantic City's Traymore Hotel, who guaranteed the initial purchase. The architect, from New York City, had a modest ecclesiastical practice. Here, he took his cues from Buck Hill Falls, but had the foresight to engage Olmsted Brothers to lay out the site. Dotted with lakes, streams, golf courses, and now ski slopes, it reflects the transition of the region from a resource to be plundered to a lifestyle amenity.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Skytop Lodge", [, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 522-522.

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