Preserve Thomas Hill’s Studio - 2014

The beautiful Douglas fir floors of the Thomas Hill studio, originally constructed by Hill in 1884, have been refurbished and preserved to continue to welcome guests.

The Thomas Hill Studio is a contributing structure to the National Historic Landmark status of the Wawona Hotel complex, and is home to the Wawona Visitor Center. Here, the public can obtain information and wilderness permits; purchase maps, books and souvenirs; and learn about landscape artist Thomas Hill‘s work played a role in protecting Yosemite and the giant sequoias.

After years of visitor use, the beautiful Douglas-fir floors of the studio, which was originally constructed by Hill in 1884, had been worn through.  Through this 2014 project, the floors were refurbished and preserved, creating a beautiful surface that will continue to welcome guests for years to come.

By protecting this historic and cultural resource, your support is creating an important connection to Yosemite’s rich cultural history, inspiring stewardship and enhancing the visitor experience.

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Project Notes

The Thomas Hill Studio is an important historic site that connects visitors with the 19th century tourism era in Yosemite and an important contributor to the status of the Wawona Hotel complex as a National Landmark.

Rod Kennec
Exhibit Specialist
Yosemite National Park