The 49er Inn is a Jackson Hole Landmark that consists of 5 additions to the original motel. Ward + Blake Architects were challenged with uniting the whole project with a common theme and linking the buildings into a cohesive resort property while adding a new lobby, breakfast area, and swimming pool to the complex. In addition, the design solution was to help create a “Street Wall” along Pearl Avenue. The pool was placed on the second floor to reduce the building footprint and exploit the upper level views to Snow King Mountain. Ward + Blake keyed off the mining theme that was the genesis of the original project. The buildings were refinished in rusted metal and stained cedar siding to reflect the nature of old mining operations while introducing a contemporary twist. Interiors were finished with reclaimed lumber, exposed & unpainted structural steel, and concrete floors. Industrial light fixtures are contrasted with finished cedar ceilings & contemporary glass walls. Glu-Lam trusses emphasis the arrival experience and set the stage for old time Jackson Hole with modern ski town vernacular.