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Grand Reopening: On Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The National Park Service is celebrating the grand reopening of the Paradise Inn, a National Historic Landmark located at Mount Rainier National Park. Events of the day include partner and NPS speakers, tours of the Paradise Inn and the newly renovated Annex, and interviews with key subject matter experts.
The Paradise Inn is a nationally significant cultural resource, and a contributing structure to the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District. The restoration of the Inn represents a $24.5 million investment to address Mount Rainier National Park’s maintenance backlog while ensuring high quality visitor experiences for generations to come.
Contacts: Tracy Swartout, (360) 569-6502, Tracy_Swartout@nps.gov, Patti Wold, (360) 569-6563, Patti_Wold@nps.gov.
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For over a century, the Paradise Inn and Annex has served as a home base for visitors exploring Mount Rainier. In partnership with Rainier Guest Services & Korsmo Construction, a major remodel of the Annex was completed in 2019 to preserve this historic structure. To celebrate the rehabilitation of the Annex, a grand reopening ceremony was held on May 17, 2019. This video includes short excerpts of the speeches from guest speakers and features a performance of the Nisqually Anthem Song by the Nisqually Indian Tribe Canoe Family.
Learn about the Project
- Project Information
- Infographic: Mount Rainier Project Highlights National Park Service Effort to Revitalize America's National Parks
- The Significance Behind Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park
- Paradise Inn and Annex - Project Fact Sheet
- Restoring Paradise: What's Next?
- 3D Tour of the Paradise Inn Annex before renovation (YouTube, created by Korsmo Construction)
A computer-generated representation of the interior of the building. The view zooms into the basement level, panning to show an unfinished room. The room has unfinished wood and stone walls, exposed pipes, and the dirt floor is covered in loose boards and debris. The next photo shows a doorway framing a narrow passage in a rock wall with red pipes on the ceiling going into the passage. The photo pans to the left to show old wooden stairs heading up. The next image pans across a view of a long hallway with numerous doors. The hallway is painted white with ceiling panels and a maroon carpet. The next scene is the interior of a small room with wood siding on the walls and maroon carpet and drapes. The bed frame and other furniture is made of wood logs, with small brass lamps attached to the walls next to the bed. The walls are bare except for a framed mirror across from the bed. The next image pans around a narrow stairwell landing with windows with white trim. The outside of the windows is boarded up with a board blocking off the inside access to an exit door on the landing. An image of a higher floor stair landing shows a view out of the windows of a meadow interspersed with conifer trees beyond a small parking lot. Another view of a long hallway. Another bedroom interior, this time of a larger room with two beds but similar in style to the first room.
- Deferred Maintenance in the park and agency
- Further Information
History of Paradise
- Harmonizing Paradise
- Paradise Inn: A History of Beauty and Challenge
- History of the Paradise Inn Architecture
- Learn about PARKitecture, the architectural style of the Paradise Inn (Click on Mount Rainier NP to learn more about the specific examples of PARKitecture at the park.)
- Story of the Paradise Inn
Photos for Media Use
Last updated: May 31, 2019