The 95-year-old Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite Nationwide Park will shut for 2 months firstly of 2023 to endure a $31.6-million renovation to make the lodge higher geared up to face up to earthquakes, the park introduced Tuesday.
“This much-needed work will make sure the Ahwahnee is seismically protected for current and future generations of Yosemite guests,” park Supt. Cicely Muldoon mentioned in a press release.
The venture is funded by the Nice American Outdoor Act, the park mentioned, and would require the historic lodge to close its doorways from Jan. 2 to March 2. On Wednesday, the lodge’s web site was already warning would-be visitors of the closure.
The work will embrace bracing chimneys and partitions, the park mentioned. The lodge can even get a kitchen renovation and improve to its heating and air-con methods.
Constructed within the Nineteen Twenties, the lodge is situated close to a few of the park’s hottest sights, together with Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Level. The lodge has hosted dignitaries and royalty, together with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and Presidents Kennedy and Obama.