Architecture talk at South Lake Tahoe Library |

Architecture talk at South Lake Tahoe Library

Autumn Whitney
Dr. Peter Mires gives a talk on his book, "Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture," at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Courtesy / Peter Mires |

Historical geographer and author Dr. Peter Mires will give a presentation on his newest book, “Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture,” on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the South Lake Tahoe Library. The event begins at 10 a.m. and highlights Mires’ favorite portions of the book, which focuses on Basin-wide architecture primarily from the Gilded Age to the era of the Great Depression — but today’s mountain architecture and rustic Tahoe style also make appearances.

“Lake Tahoe has spectacular rustic architecture. Not only is it beautiful and all around the lake, it’s also become Tahoe’s brand in the sense that there are homes, resorts and other structures that are made of natural material like log and stone with muted colors of brown and green,” Mires said.

His book, published by Arcadia Publishing in July, mainly consists of photos that showcase a variety of forms of rustic architecture found throughout the Tahoe Basin.

Mires went through archival photos from Lake Tahoe historical societies and libraries throughout California and Nevada to create a book consisting of chapters on retail, recreational, religious and additional types of rustic themes found throughout Tahoe. “Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture” is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.

“I give equal time to residential and resort buildings,” Mires said. “In terms of, say, residential architecture, we have some beautiful homes — Thunderbird Lodge, Vikingsholm, Pine Lodge. I also have humble little log cabins in there.

“It’s not just a picture book with really elegant, beautiful big homes — I also have a chapter on some of the architects who designed rustic architecture in the Tahoe Basin.”

He will present a few of his favorite images from each chapter to give a taste of what the book is about. “Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture” will be for sale at the event, which is presented by Friends of the Library and Lake Tahoe Historical Society.

Mires is also the author of “Bayou Built: The Legacy of Louisiana’s Historic Architecture.”

For more information on his Oct. 15 talk, visit

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