At Pipestem, a design that defied conventional park planning practices was used in laying out the resort.
"If you put all the facilities as close together as possible, it makes them easier and cheaper to maintain," said Beanblossom. "But the idea back then was to create more jobs in a depressed section of the country, so the park was deliberately designed to have everything spread out to be more labor intensive."
While the buildings' form may have much to admire, function has proven to be a problem in some areas.
"They are attractive buildings, but they have been extremely hard to retrofit to make them handicapped accessible," said Leslie. "They were designed to make you interact with nature. You practically can't go from a conference room to anywhere without having to go outside first."
Another design feature that has posed maintenance problems was the placement of the outdoor pool at Twin Falls atop the golf course's pro shop, Beanblossom said.
While Gropius strove to create structures so in tune with natural surroundings as to "appear to grow out of living rock," not all designers were thrilled with the way the lodges turned out.
In his 2004 book "The Buildings of West Virginia," architectural historian S. Allen Chambers wrote that the TAC-designed park lodges do not fit in with their surroundings.
The buildings' "strictly rectangular forms are starkly urban and totally unrelated to the natural, rolling contours" of West Virginia's terrain, Chambers wrote.
That said, the buildings continue to attract interest from budding designers.
"From time to time, busloads of architectural students come to these buildings to get a close look at examples of Bauhaus architecture," Leslie said.
For more information on the three state park lodges designed in the Bauhaus style, visit www.wvcommerce.org/travel/thingstodo/history/stateparklodges
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.