The architectural style known as “National Park Service Rustic”  (or “Parkitecture”), is a style that arose in the National Park System to create structures that harmonize with their natural environment. It uses native wood and stone to create structures that don’t interrupt the natural or historic scene. Characterized by hand-built and organic forms, parkitecture rejects the perfection and symmetry of industrial architecture.  LeConte Memorial Lodge

Several of the NPS buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of the most renowned being the LeConte Memorial Lodge, located in Yosemite National Park.

 Hopi House

Hopi House is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Built in 1905 and designed by architect Mary Colter.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald Lodge, in Glacier National Park is a rustic swiss-chalet style building with clipped gabled roofs, balconies on the upper stories, and jigsaw detailing.  Principal building materials for the structure are stone for the foundation and first-floor walls, with a wood-frame superstructure.

Longmire Headquarters

Longmire Administrative Headquarters, in Mount Rainier National Park, was designed by staff of the National Park Service’s Landscape Division under the direction of landscape architect Thomas Vint.

Parkitecture is a significant influence in both Residential and Resort Architecture. It is a style that shows sensitivity to the precedence and beauty of a building’s surroundings by blending form and materials with the landscape.   For further examples of both resort and NPS parkitecture, check out pinterest and houzz.


  1. Thanks for sharing Gregg – I fell in love with NPS architecture while visiting Crater Lake. It feels a lot like the Longmire Building in Rainier…boulder walls for the first level and then heavy wooden framework for the second/third stories.

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