Ahwahnee Comprehensive Rehabilitation

The Ahwahnee exterior


The Ahwahnee, located in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, includes a National Historic Landmark hotel, guest cottages, an employee dormitory, and associated grounds and landscaping. Built in 1927, The Ahwahnee hotel is an iconic landmark and is used year-round by both overnight and day visitors to Yosemite Valley.

After more than 80 years in service, the hotel and associated structures were in need of rehabilitation because:

The purpose of this project was to develop a comprehensive plan for phased, long-term rehabilitation of The Ahwahnee National Historic Landmark and associated guest cottages, employee dormitory, and landscaped grounds in order to:

  • Enhance visitor and employee safety by bringing the building and grounds into compliance with current building, fire, life-safety, and seismic standards.
  • Restore, preserve, and protect the historic integrity and character-defining features of The Ahwahnee by rehabilitating aged or altered historic finishes and contributing landscape features.
  • Improve hotel operations and energy efficiency by repairing or replacing outdated or inefficient building systems and components.
  • Protect and enhance the visitor experience at The Ahwahnee through improved operationsl efficiency, increased accessibility and rehabilitation of historic resources.

Public scoping for this project occurred from August 13 - September 26, 2009. After completing various studies (e.g., seismic study, cultural resource reports) and conducting a comprehensive design process, the environmental impacts of four proposed alternatives were presented in an environmental assessment released July 2011. On January 3, 2012, the National Park Service signed a Finding of No Significant Impact identifying Alternative 3 as the Selected Action.


Last updated: December 2, 2019

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