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Peter Dominick, Denver Architect

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Denver Architect Peter Dominick

Denver Architect Peter Dominick

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Architect Peter Dominick became well-known for designing rustic buildings inspired by vernacular architecture of the American West.

Born:

June 9, 1941 in New York City. From age 5, raised in Colorado.

Died:

January 1, 2009 after a cross-country skiing excursion in Aspen, Colorado. He was 67.

Education:

  • St. Mark’s School in Framingham, Massachusetts
  • Yale University. Studied under architecture professor and historian Vincent Scully. Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, 1963
  • University of Pennsylvania. Studied with architect Louis Kahn. Master of Architecture degree, 1966
  • Traveled through the South Pacific, Asia, India, the Middle East and Africa, 1966-1968

Important Projects:

  • Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • Grand California Hotel in Anaheim, California
  • Revitalization of Vail, Colorado
  • The Platte River Road Monument in Kearney, Nebraska, a museum that is also a bridge across a highway
  • Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World
  • Neighborhood development at Riverfront Park in the Central Platte Valley, Colorado

About Peter Dominick:

Peter Dominick of 4240 Architecture designed hotels, office buildings, homes, and interiors throughout the USA. He was especially known for designs that incorporated motifs drawn from the American West.

Dominick's massive and evocative Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World in Florida resembles an old wood-timber lodge. At the center is a vast lobby with six-story high log columns, enormous chandeliers topped with glowing teepees, two 55-foot hand carved totem poles, and an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace. The effect might be kitsch or comical if it weren't so impressive... and so respectful of American history.

Dominick drew his inspiration for the Disney Wilderness Lodge from several famous Western inns: the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park, the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite, Lake McDonald Lodge at Glacier National Park, and Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon.

Outside the Disney Wilderness Lodge, Dominick created a striking landscape with a steep waterfall cascading into a steaming geyser.

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