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Zakopane in the Sierras.


Architecture from the "Land of the Blue Eyes."


We began with a simple Carpathian Alps design known as Zakopane, after the alpine village of the same name in the podhale (alpine area) along the Polish/Slovakian border. From there we added architectural accoutrements covering a historical period from 1050AD to approximately 1920, in the modern age. We have incorporated door portals and shutter carvings from the old Stavkirke (Stave Churches) of Hallingdal, Telemark, and Urnes (Norway)... to roof details from the Novgorod/upper Dvina River Region of NW Russia... to window carvings from the old Prussia/Bohemian regions...... carved doors reminiscent of the Baltic area, and various other folk details from the Hutsells of Ukraine and the goral (mtn people) of Poland.


This is Phase 1 of a larger compound to incorporate inspiration from European architecture as well as many such inspirations in our own High Sierras. Sites such as Vikingsholm at Lake Tahoe, the Hearst compound at Wyntoon, Rainbow Lodge, Sugarbowl, and Thunderbird Lodge.


Architect: Larry Pearson, Pearson Design Group, Bozeman, MT


Master Builder: Matt & Ted Williams, WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION, Clio, California

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Taken on April 20, 2012