June 15, 2011
A New Life for the Haynes Photo Shop
Plans are underway for a gathering place that pays tribute to the photographic legacy of Yellowstone National Park. Millions of annual visitors walk by the historic Haynes Photo Shop at Old Faithful, unaware of its storied and interesting past. The Yellowstone Park Foundation will breathe new life into the building, and offer new ways to enjoy Yellowstone images.
The original Photo Shop was built in 1895, prior to the construction of the Old Faithful Inn, and was located in the approximate vicinity of what is now the Inn’s front parking lot. That building was disassembled in the mid-1930s. In 1926, park photographer and postcard salesman Jack Ellis Haynes applied to the National Park Service for permission to erect his new building near what was then the Old Faithful Campground. The current structure is what remains of the retail building that was “new” in 1927.
In recent years, the building has been used for storage, and for a staff dormitory in a wing that was added. In 2009, the National Park Service presented a proposal to assign the Haynes Old Faithful Photo Shop to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. The Foundation’s board accepted the offer, which involves rehabilitating, caring for, and operating the building. Since then, the Park Service paid for the removal of the dormitory wing and for the building to be relocated to a new foundation on a site near the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.
With few exceptions, the building retains exterior integrity as an example of the rustic “log-out parkitecture” that was prevalent in western National Parks during the decades following the creation of Yellowstone.
The Yellowstone Park Foundation adoption of the facility will serve many purposes: It will protect a building of historic significance; it will provide a place to share the legacy of the Haynes Photo Shop and photography in Yellowstone; and it will serve as a venue for YPF to meet and greet park visitors and tell the story of citizen stewardship in Yellowstone.