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Progressive, Record, Reporter, PinePress adventurists Dariel and Peggy Garner have re- dream in the Gold Mountain community, Dragon and the Nakoma Resort and Spa. equipment I stood silent, holding their breath, as the 70-foot, 14- spire was hoisted into place to become the focal Nakoma Resort and Spa. years of hard work Gold Mountain is continuing to develop mstruction two years to interpret of the Wright's original drawings, was an enor- put them on paper and engi- square feet neer the plans. angles, eight By May 1999, the site work stone laying, and had been completed, but no that defy gravity, engineering plans had yet 85 local workers been completed or approved. antinuously for 18 By October, the foundation October 1999 was started, the basement 12, 2001--opening completed, and the top floor the Portola High started in February 2000. On May 10, 2000, no one ceptance of the breathed as the 70-foot, 14-ton the Nakoma, chimney tower was lifted in- the Taliesin At- to place Within an hour after 1996, it took over it had been hoisted, a snow Gold Mountain Country Wednesday, Dec. 5,200t 5 Many hands , , I~,,-~ j/j -, i ! i:i Eighty-five Nakoma craftsmen labored for 18 months to complete the 22,000 square foot Nakoma, learning many new skills along the way. Stone rnascnr > - ~. : The stonework found at the Nakoma was brought from Mexico, where stonecutters spent weeks chipping the stones into work- able sizes. Weeks [work Forty masons labored for weeks, installing the stonework dominant throughout the resort. storm blew in from the south where hundreds of workers and work was halted for the and their families enjoy the day--an incredible moment fruits of their labor. for all" During the construction Nakoma had two leaders at project, those working be. the helm. Arnold Roy from came so enamored with Taliesin Architects headed Wright's de- up the project for the Frank sign that they Lloyd Wright Foundation asked the and maintained the integrity Garners to of Wright's plan. Local Por- change the tolan Dave Bates found his name of the niche as construction fore- Gold Moun- man and superintendent, tain Con- Together, they resolved all struction the issues faced when build- Company to ing a Frank Lloyd Wright de- Nakoma sign--it was a massive under- Craftsmen taking, and their motto became "Yes, The Garners' pride in the Ican." team's craftsmen shows Wright's philosophy of through each year at their "learning by doing" was con- family picnic and golf outing, tagious. When a job needed doing and no one had experi- ence in doing it, the workers volunteered to give it a try. Nearing the completion of the building, rough framers were found hanging wall, from acceptance of the idea to building the Nakoma, proposed by the Taliesin Architects in 1996, it took over two years to interpret Wright's original drawin@, put them on paper and engineer the plans. board and masons were found setting marble tile. Roofers took on the task of puzzling out the mosaic wood mural and everyone became acrobats, scaling the roof to place the beautiful art glass windows and decorative cop- per beading seen around the roof. All interior work was craft- ed on-site, from the ta- bles and chairs to the wood murals and all the built-in cabi- netry. Those work- ing on the pro- ject learned that they could do anything, and many will use their new- found skills throughout the rest of their lives.