CCC Lodge nearly finished
7 rustic guest rooms, banquet hall to be available for use
Renovations of the historic CCC Lodge at Roaring River State Park, which began last July, are almost complete.
Steph Deidrick, information specialist for Missouri State Parks, said she expects the lodge to be completed and open for rentals by late spring. An exact cost for rooms has not yet been determined.
The rustic-style lodge, hand-built from native stone and timber by the Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the 1930s under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, has not been open to the public for lodging since the 1970s.
Missouri Parks Inc. General Manager David Waugh said numerous people had expressed an interest in seeing the nostalgic building restored, and last July, after a long wait, a project began to restore the 78-year-old structure.
The $1.2 million project will make seven rooms available to the public. Four rooms on the first level will feature balcony views of the river, and three rooms on the top floor will feature window views. Each room will include a living room, kitchen and bedroom. Two of the rooms will feature original fireplaces.
In keeping with the rustic theme, the walls will feature a knotty pine Wainscott coating, and some will have full-length pine walls. The lower level has also been renovated to include a banquet room and kitchen for special events.
The renovations are expected to draw even more guests to the busy park, which attracts visitors nationwide for its famous trout fishing and hatchery, camping and hiking, natural spring and beauty.
Carter Marion, project manager with Construction Services Group, the contractor hired to complete the renovations, said overall, the project has gone smoothly.
"We expect to have everything completed in March sometime," he said. "We've done quite a few remodels and historical projects. Each are unique and have their own character, but it's pretty unique and beautiful there. It's been good to work with everyone involved."
As part of the renovations, the interior, including the floors and walls, were completely rebuilt, and the exterior received a new roof, cedar shake shingles and new paint. Original beams that were salvageable were kept and integrated.
"We're finishing up the interior work and getting the rooms set up," Marion said. "We're hoping the weather will cooperate, but so far, work has been steady."
"We're pretty close to schedule," said Nicholas Eramo, Construction Services Group superintendent. "I've had people outside ask what we're doing, and they're so happy it's being restored. They can't wait. A lot are already wanting to make reservations."