Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa members Nick Cox, Nai Yang, Christina Schaufler, Emily Miller, and Isac Kautto in front of the West Bay Lodge.
When Midwestern architect Charles Buechner designed West Bay Lodge on remote Sand Island in 1912 as a vacation home, necessity dictated that he include an icehouse in his plans. The wooden structure, constructed right on the shore of Lake Superior, still stands as a relic of pre-refrigeration days. But decades of harsh winds and heavy snow took their toll.
“It was an original building, built along with the lodge,” explains Jeff Peters, whose family has cared for the property, located within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore off the coast of northern Wisconsin, for the last 50 years. “It’s important to keep that story alive, and the way to tell that story is to have the icehouse still standing.”... Read More →
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Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.