Bunker Hill Granite Lodge

Charlestown, Massachusetts
National Historic Landmark
This Classical Revival gem was constructed by the Bunker Hill Monument Association to serve as a commemorative building at the base of the Bunker Hill Monument. Over the years there have been interior changes related to visitor use of Granite Lodge: new finishes, furnishings and lighting; addition and removal of restroom facilities; ticket booths and guide stations; accessibility modifications; and changing exhibits. Each of these moved the Granite Lodge interiors further from their original design. The National Park Service contracted with HHM, a cultural resource management firm with whom Volz and Associates partnered as decorative arts historian, for an historic furnishing plan and new interpretive plan.

Key Issues
• Research and document original finishes, furnishings, exhibit history, and building changes
• Identify a “period of interpretation” for exhibits and interior restoration
• Provide accessibility to people with disabilities
• Recommend life safety improvements
• Develop an interpretive plan with exhibit recommendations to accurately reflect the chosen interpretive period of 1907- 1920
• Prepare an historic furnishing plan to guide National Park Service staff in their re-interpretation of Granite Lodge

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