sachusetts, stipulating that the state buy
additional acreage around the summit. In
1898, Greylock became Massachusetts’s
first wilderness state park.
In 1932, Pittsfield architect Joseph
McArthur Vance designed Bascom Lodge,
a handsome new summit structure in the
Arts and Crafts style; it was finished by
1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps
(CCC), using stone and red spruce from
the mountain. Vance also designed the
rustic Thunderbolt Ski Shelter, situated
a few hundred yards down from the summit and so named for a backcountry downhill trail, which hosted its first race in 1935
and is still in use today. The shelter is open
as well, and its distinctive four-hearth central chimney continues to warm skiers and
hikers sheltering from the elements. (The
Appalachian Trail passes over the top of
The third mountaintop building
is 1933’s Massachusetts Veterans War
Memorial Tower, a 93-foot-tall graceful
sweep of Quincy granite designed by the
Boston firm Maginnis & Walsh, which also
designed many churches in and around
Boston, as well as Boston College’s much-admired Gasson Hall. Though undergoing repair, its beacon when lit can be seen
from 70 miles away. Taken together with
the iconic CCC buildings and the cultural
history of the mountain, the tower is part of
the Mount Greylock Summit Historic Dis-
a hiker approaches the 93-foot-tall
Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower at
the top of Mount Greylock. The trek from base
to peak is among the region’s most challenging.
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