Bark Siding

One of the historic building products appropriate to cabins that has returned to the market is bark siding. Once popular to rustic lodges and cabins in the 1890’s to 1920’s it then disappeared due to blight in the chestnut trees from which it was harvested. Recent growth of yellow poplar has created a substitute product which is now available to the market through Bark House in NorthCarolina.







An excellent book, Bark House Style, by Chris McCurry and Nan Chase records the history of possibilities of this product.





At SALA Architects we are now in our second lake home project, both in Wisconsin, where this product is used.


The Drawbert home near Hayward Wisconsin is an addition remodeling where the bark siding and white trim helps transform the original ranch style home into an elegant, rustic lake home.

  • Architects: Dale Mulfinger and Carol O’Brien, SALA Architects
  • Builder: Ken La Coy Construction




The Cervenka home near Boulder Junction Wisconsin is a new structure where the bark siding and moss green windows help establish its lodge like character.

  • Architect: Dale Mulfinger and Sara Whicher, SALA Architects
  • Builder: Charlie Sauter, Sauter Builders
Dale Mulfinger was born and raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, and the rural landscape and vernacular architecture have informed his many designs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he worked nationally and internationally before becoming a Founding Partner in 1983 of what is now SALA Architects, Inc. He has taught architectural studios at the University of Minnesota and other schools since 1976. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and author of four books including The Architecture of Edwin Lundie and The Cabin. He, along with wife and chef Jan Mulfinger, have lived in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis for 40 years, raising two daughters.


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