Teton Park Roof Replacement

History Behind The Berol Lodge ( At “AMK” Ranch )

The Lodge was built in the mid-1930’s by the Eagle Pencil baron, Alfred Berol. He hired New York architect George Kosmack to design and build the 5200 square foot Berol Lodge, part of the famous AMK Ranch. AMK comes from the first initial of the family members: Alfred, Madeleine, and their son Kenneth. They vacationed there for 40 years before it was sold to the National Park Service in 1974. Today it is used by the University of Wyoming as a research and educational station.
Pictures from: http://www.npshistory.com/publications/grte/dough_gods/sec3.htm National Park Service Website

Planning & Architecture

The roof measured roughly 105 square feet. We needed to tear off the old shingles and sheeting and then re-sheet, dry in with an ice & water shield and then shingle. We used the Malarkey Legacy lifetime shingle in Weathered Wood, a color the Park Service chose that would blend in well with the area. We used Weathered Copper for the flashing detail. This roof was completely torn off and re-sheeted.
The views and the wonderful people we worked with from the University, Teton Park, and Get Bats Out, made this unique job an enjoyable experience.

Preserving It's History

This Lodge was built in the 1930’s and it’s currently used as a research station for the University of Wyoming, in Teton Park.


It had copper flashing around the chimneys and log wall, we tried hard to preserve as much of the historical aspects as we could. The flashing was reinforced with roof cement as well as an ice and water shield and kept as much of the copper as possible.


Flashing on the newer section was replaced with custom-made flashing detail.

It was a challenging project, but one that McG’s enjoyed doing and did well!

Road Blocks In The Process

The Historic Berol Lodge Roof in Teton Park was infested with bats and they had penetrated areas of the roof and were getting into the rooms below. We worked with a bat control company to bat-proof the roof as we removed the old layer of shingles and wood roof.


The historical significance of the lodge coupled with the fact that it is in Teton National Park made certain aspects of this job difficult. We needed to use some of the original copper flashing so it was somewhat arduous removing the old layer of shingles without damaging it.


The weather too was a factor, storms would roll in over the Tetons at a moments notice, halting work for the half a day. The most difficult part though, was the Lodge was infested with bats! The bats had penetrated areas of the roof and were getting into the rooms below. We worked with a wonderful bat removal company out of Colorado, Get Bats Out, to remove the bats. We had to be careful not to harm any of them and take cautionary measures in removing the bat guano.

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