Design Challenge

Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is the heart of a campus managed by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Outing Club. Since 1938, the original lodge has become beloved by Dartmouth students, alumni and the general public. However, general aging, deferred maintenance, and code issues became increasingly challenging. Dartmouth decided it was time to compare renovation to reconstruction, knowing this would be a sensitive issue.


Maclay Architects was selected to lead this challenging feasibility study to assess the Lodge and explore options for both renovation and new construction. After our in depth study and numerous stakeholder meetings, with strong opinions, we assisted in a collaborative consensus building process which led to Dartmouth's decision to build a new Lodge.

We were asked to design a new facility that was reminiscent and sympathetic to the old lodge. In massive materials, details and revised building elements. Our design’s proposed innovative hybrid log and timber frame structure incorporated trees up to 2-1/2 stories in height and many large boulders that provided a rustic character, while allowing a heavily insulated building envelope to support ambitious sustainability goals.


While preserving the old character, the new facility provides bunk rooms for visitors, an updated, efficient kitchen, meeting rooms, and an open social and dining area. All of these spaces are organized around a central stone fireplace, the heart of the building.

Project Details


Warren, NH




11,000 sf

Energy Intensity:

25 kBTU/sf-yr (modeled)

Air Infiltration:

0.154 cfm50/sf