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Twin Falls Lodge

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1968–1970, The Architects Collaborative (TAC). 1979–1981, Zando, Martin and Milstead (ZMM)

Nicely sited on a high ridge overlooking the golf course and swimming pool, the original twenty-room lodge nevertheless displays the basic flaws common to all of TAC's West Virginia park buildings. It simply does not belong. Its strictly rectangular forms are starkly urban and totally unrelated to the natural, rolling contours of its setting. In an area characterized by rugged stone ledges and forested hillsides, the lodge is faced with machine-cut, brownish brick and poured-in-place concrete trim. The small scale of the lodge and its varying levels are typical of the firm's architecture, although here at least the hillside site justifies some of the four levels. Ten years after the lodge was built, the dining facilities were enlarged and additional conference facilities provided. The Charleston architects responsible for the additions carefully copied original details, proportions, and materials. A thirty-bedroom addition is still on the drawing boards.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Twin Falls Lodge", [Mullens, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-WY4.1.

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