Yellowstone Forever

June 20, 2012

Haynes Photo Shop

The latest updates on YPF's big project at Old Faithful

The earlier days of the Haynes Photo ShopOne year ago, in our June 2011 e-newsletter, we told you about an exciting new undertaking for YPF: adopting and repurposing the historic Haynes Photo Shop at Old Faithful.  Plans are well underway to make the building a place to celebrate the legacy of photography in Yellowstone, access photography-related activities and services, and participate in the stewardship of Yellowstone.

Much has happened in the past year, including the October 2011 relocation of the building to a new foundation in a pedestrian area near Old Faithful Geyser.  In May 2012, Yellowstone National Park officially turned over the building to the care of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

CTA Architects Engineers has been hired by YPF to design the interior of the building, which will retain its historic character while offering visitors modern amenities. CTA has designed several buildings for Yellowstone, including the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

Haynes Photo Shop Spring 2012The Haynes Photo Shop is targeted to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. In fact, it will be the only LEED-certified historic building in the National Park System outside of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Later this summer, YPF will invite qualified bidders to submit construction bids, with construction scheduled to begin on September 5, 2012. The target opening date is June of 2013.

YPF is fundraising for the $4 million needed for construction, exhibits, and operations of the historic shop, and has already raised $1.6 million toward that goal.  We are accepting contributions specifically designated for this project. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact the Yellowstone Park Foundation at 406-586-6303 or


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