About the Friends of Timberline
Friends of Timberline is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of the artifacts, furnishings, historical significance, and immediate environs of Timberline Lodge. Friends of Timberline is also dedicated to raising funds and coordinating community volunteer efforts to accomplish these goals.
Friends of Timberline was established in 1975 for the purpose of conserving and restoring the art and furnishings of the lodge. It was the inspiration of John A. Mills and Richard L. Kohnstamm, area operator. An agreement was signed with the U.S. Forest Service and the textile renovation project started in 1975 in the CETA workshop first under the direction of Marlene Gabel and later under Linny Adamson.
Since 1975, craftspeople have continued to work in their own studios creating WPA-inspired designs:
The first full inventory of all furnishings and art in the lodge was made in the 1970s under the auspices of the Friends of Timberline, the Junior League of Portland, and the U.S. Forest Service. The inventory is now performed annually with computer assistance. As renovation proceeded, Linny Adamson was hired as the lodge's first full-time curator (beginning in 1979), employed in a three-way partnership of Friends of Timberline, the U.S. Forest Service, and RLK Company.
Continuing Restoration Projects
Craftspeople in wood, iron, leather, tile, stone, and textiles continue to create and care for the arts and crafts of Timberline Lodge in the spirit of the original. Some of these individuals include:
Grants and private donations have supported our restoration work since 1975. You can be a part of history by making a specific donation to a project or joining the Friends of Timberline. Members are invited to periodic special events at the Lodge.
Board Members 2011/12 Term
Honorary Board Members