Bascom lodge is a rustic arts and crafts mountain lodge built during the height of the great depression by volunteers from the civilian conservation corps. Named in honor of the reservation's first commissioner, an ardent proponent for the construction of a lodge befitting the grandeur of the mountain, Bascom was designed in an architectural style that would later become an inspiration for many of America's national parks buildings. Constructed from local stone quarried from the mountain and old-growth red spruce timbers harvested from the slopes of the "Hopper," the lodge, as we see it today, opened its doors in 1937.
Nestled on the summit of the state's highest mountain, the lodge is the centerpiece of a 12,500 acre wilderness park and in 2021 will celebrate its 84th season of operation.
Originally designed to provide hearty souls in search of adventure and spiritual renewal with a place to rest and take shelter from the elements, today the lodge serves a much more complex and diverse array of patrons whose needs and expectations go beyond mere room and board. Whether they are hikers or cyclists out for the day, lodgers attending a music concert or summer stock theater, school children on a field trip, or "Holiday makers" visiting the Berkshires for the first time, the lodge provides a casual setting to refresh the spirit and nourish the body.