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The environmentally sound building pays homage to nature and history on a scenic site.
The new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is taking shape. Tall white pines—harvested from property owned by Dartmouth and from the Bradford, Vt., woodlands of alumnus Putnam “Put” Blodgett ’53—have been stripped of their bark but otherwise left as visible reminders of the forests they came from. The timbers rest on giant boulders excavated from the lodge site and nearby locations. With spectacular views and a rustic interior, the lodge will be comfortable, durable, environmentally sustainable, and accessible to people with disabilities.
“It’s exciting to watch a building go up that will address all our program needs and connect generations of Dartmouth people for the next hundred years or more,” says Dartmouth Outing Club Director Dan Nelson ’75.
College photographer Eli Burakian ’00 has spent many happy hours hiking up to the Moosilauke summit and working or relaxing in the lodge and bunkhouses, so he was eager to take his cameras to the construction site to see how things are progressing.