Lodges, Camps, and Cabins
designed by Kenneth J. Wertheim, Architect
".... modern interpretations, reminiscent of the Adirondack style within an Appalachian context."
Development Resource List
Ken is on the Preferred Architects List for the following developments in Western North Carolina:
• Lake James 1780
• The Settings of Black Mountain
• Avery Park, Arden, NC
• The Ramble
• Old Wildlife Club at Lake James
• Balsam Preserve
• Cheshire Village
• Sun Dance Ridge, Black Mtn
The Cabin in the forest, on the banks of a quiet stream or buried in the wilderness back of behind, is an expression of man's desire to escape the exactions of civilization and secure rest and seclusion by a return to the primitive".
William A. Burnette 1934
An Architect influenced by the Great Camps of the Adirondacks
and the Lodges of the National Parks
Ken grew up in upstate N.Y. near the Canadian border. His parents were both from Europe and he is first generation American. As a child the family often vacationed and camped at state parks in the Allegheny mountains, the Finger Lakes region and the Adirondacks of N.Y. Staying in simple rustic cabins, lodges and camps, taking long hikes in the forest wilderness as a youngster fostered Ken’s appreciation for nature and a special interest in the “Park Architecture”.
When Ken and his wife Debbie married over thirty years ago, they honeymooned in the places he loved as a child: Seneca Lodge at Watkins Glen, Cayuga Lake and Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, home to several remaining Great Camps of the Adirondacks. Over the years, Ken and Debbie have traveled to nearly all the National Parks of the west, staying at many of the famous park inns such as Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone in Wyoming, El Tovar at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and the Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite in California. And still today they enjoy vacationing at the national parks with their children and have added a few new places to their favorite places to stay: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Florida, and Disney’s Grand California Hotel in California.
Today Ken’s architectural practice located in the mountains of Asheville, NC specializes in “timber framed homes” and he continues to have a special interest in designing projects which are modern interpretations reminiscent of architecture from the National Parks and the Great Camps of the Adirondacks.