As opposed to the rustic log and stone aesthetic that we associate with the idea of a state park “lodge,” the original Roman Nose Lodge was a forward-looking, modern building of the Atomic Age. Over the years, multiple alterations obscured the original lodge and resulted in a forgettable building. This project allowed STUDIO to reinvigorate the great mid-century modern bones of the lodge and use them as the basis and inspiration for the renovation.
The signature natural feature of Roman Nose State Park is the steep-sided mesas capped with brilliant, white gypsum outcroppings. One of these mesas is located adjacent to the lodge, but was hidden from view by the south wing of the building. The removal of that addition allowed the mesa to be visible again, but left a scar on the hillside. STUDIO included in the project a restoration of the hillside using native plants and stone.