Historic Thunderbird Lodge Window Addition

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Project Scope

  • Type: Business
  • Industry: Trade
  • Location: Lake Tahoe, NV
  • Area of Structure Involved: New Addition
  • Window Materials Used: Wood picture, awning, special shape & casement windows - Architect Series®

historic lodge gets new addition and picture, casement, special shape and awning wood windows

back view of historic lodge with casement, special shape, awning and picture wood windows

lake view of historic lodge with casement, special shape, awning and picture wood windows

outside view of historic thunder bird lodge with special shape, casement, awning and picture windows

The historic Thunderbird Lodge was constructed in 1936 by a man named George Whittell, Jr. Whittell owned approximately 40,000 acres of Nevada Shoreline and initially purchased the land to develop into luxury summer properties. However, as Whittell grew older, his interest in animals, nature and privacy far outweighed his desire for more money and he held on to much of the property until his death in 1969. Following his death, majority of the land was sold to the Forest Service and Nevada National Parks. In 2000, the George Whittell Estate (Thunderbird Lodge) was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2011, the current owner decided to build out an addition to the lodge and chose Pella to do the windows. It was very important that Pella matched the historic detail and integrity of the lodge. Pella came up with the solution to install special shape, picture, awning and casement wood windows with exterior aluminum cladding. This window replacement project resulted in new windows that complement the lodge, with added energy efficiency.

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