Singer's Lake Crescent Tavern

Also known as: Lake Cresent Lodge, Lake Crescent Tavern, Lake Crescent Lodge Historic District
Barnes Point, S. Shore of Lake Crescent, WA 101, Port Angeles, Washington


Singers Lake Crescent Tavern Lodge

Marty Stupich, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons




Avery J. and Julia Singer began the construction of Singer's Lake Crescent Tavern in 1914, making it one of the first large resorts on the south side of Lake Crescent. During the first years of development the Singers erected the main lodge, a row of individual frame cabins, a row of temporary canvas and frame tent cabins, and substantially landscaped the resort complex. The resort gained an immediate, widespread reputation. After the Singers sold the property in the late 1920s, subsequent owners made periodic additions and alterations to the buildings and grounds, however, the complex as a whole remains largely intact. The ensemble embodies the distinctive characteristics of a resort type that was prevalent in the Lake Crescent vicinity during the early 20th century. The lodge is significant for its historical associations with the development of a major transportation route on the Olympic Peninsula, Hwy 101, and with President Franklin Roosevelt, whose 1937 overnight stay influenced legislation leading to the establishment of Olympic National Park in 1938. Lake Crescent Lodge was determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS WA-186)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 2007
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement: Bungalow/Craftsman
Areas of significance
Entertainment/Recreation; Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 7
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2021: New photo from wyatt