Stop #5: In front of museum

“Dextra Baldwin began construction of her summer estate in the early 1920s, when she was only 19 years old.  The building in front of you now houses the Baldwin museum.  The caretaker’s cabin behind it, now a maintenance shop, and the tennis courts were built shortly after the main house was finished.  Even as Dextra experienced financial difficulties during the Depression of the 1930s, she told the administrator of her estate to hold onto the property at Lake Tahoe at any cost, even if other property had to be sold.  The house sits on a continuous, poured concrete foundation, as opposed to the pier foundation used in construction of most houses of the time.  The exterior of the house appears to be uncut Cedar logs but are actually 1/3 cut logs.  Inside you will find pine walls, all of which came from the property here.  The floor inside is maple.  The architecture of the building, with its rectangular U-shape on the opposite side with a well in the middle, is of Scandinavian influence.  Servants occupied the rooms in the U-shaped courtyard.  Dextra enjoyed her private summer home until she died in 1967.  The estate was purchased in 1969 by the Forest Service for $650,000.  Continue your walk along the path to the next estate.  Notice the gardens as you walk through them.  They have been completely designed and maintained by volunteers.  Also, you may notice the boathouse on your left before you walk into the Pope estate.  The materials used indicate this as one of the oldest structures, along with the Anita and Dextra cabins, on the Tallac Site."

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