Torn down 11/08
Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise
The conical building was inspired by the shape of the mountain and the surrounding flora.
the Park Service spent $2 million on the building’s construction, a then-princely sum that made the VC the most expensive building in the National Park System.
5 levels include a park information center, auditorium, exhibit hall, cafeteria, gift shop, observation deck, first aid station and staff quarters.
The new visitor center is smaller and more energy efficient than the old one. The old visitor center collected large amounts of snow in winter, which was removed by running hot water through a system of pipes embedded in the roof. This consumed as much as 500 gallons of diesel fuel per day— acceptable in the 1960s but not anymore.
indicated that the facility was the largest of its kind in the federal parks system. The building at Paradise was circular and built of reinforced concrete with a pre-cast frame. 65-foot roof beams rested on Y-columns. It had a glassed-in third story observation deck. It was designed by George Wimberly of Honolulu who worked along with associate Gerald Allison of the Tacoma firm of McGuire & Muri.