• Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - Coldwater Meadow
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - photo by Andrew Buchanan
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - photo by Andrew Buchanan
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - photo by Andrew Buchanan
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument - photo by Andrew Buchanan

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Washington

Completed 1996


The site work at this monument reflected the design team’s understanding of the significance of the site as a “living” laboratory. The mountain is a volcano that has a 50,000 year achistory of frequent activity. The work integrates two new visitor centers into the blasted landscape.  Parking lots, buildings, and site features are placed in a manner to evoke an emotional response.  The forms given to these features are poetic gestures – an arrow through a crescent-shaped parking lot for Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center and the profile of a resting butterfly for the parking lot for the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

For more information, visit the Forest Service website.

AWARDS

  • 2005 ASLA National Honor Award