Mountain Chalet (1940s-1960s)

The Mountain Chalet style was popularly used in early American ski resort towns. The style is characteristic of alpine architecture in Europe.  The vacation homes at Sun Valley, ID, the first destination ski resort in North America, were designed in imitation of Swiss and Austrian villages. The Mountain Chalet style homes were popularly built throughout the United States from the 1940s to the mid 1960s.

Identifying Features:

  • shallow roof pitches
  • prominent wood balconies with cut-out railings
  • Eaves and rakes decorated with cut-out fretwork and bargeboard trim
  • stucco and wood siding
  • deep overhangs with structure of the roof expressed on the underside
  • patterned wall planes created by the use of false half-timbering
  • wooden shutters often with cutout ornamentation
  • scroll-cut trim along gable ends

Sources:

“Architectural Styles in Aspen.” From City of Aspen Historic Preservation Design Guidelines. City of Aspen and Pitkin County Historic Preservation Commission. Aspen, VT. PDF Document. http://www.aspenpitkin.com/pdfs/depts/41/aspen-dg.pdfs (accessed Mar. 8,2010).

“Aspen’s 20th Century Architecture: Chalet Style Buildings.”  City of Aspen and Pitkin County Historic Preservation Commission. Aspen, CO. PDF Document. http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Portals/0/docs/city/Comedv/HPC/chaletcontextpaper.pdf (accessed Mar. 8, 2010).

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