Leavenworth, the Miracle Town, is the story of how ordinary men and women found hope, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and united to overcome economic depression and revitalize their town, without much money, without professional know how, and without government funds. Today nearly two million people visit Leavenworth throughout the year to enjoy its Old World architecture, its festivals, its food, its cultural and recreation activities–and its very friendly people.
Amanda’s Lodge has a part in Leavenworth’s history. We chose the name from a portrait painted by a local artist, Shirley Prescott-Morgan. The portrait is of her Aunt Amanda of whom she had fond memories as a child. We particularly liked the portrait because it portrays a woman who is sophisticated, charming and reflective. We purchased the painting from the Alley Café where the portrait of Amanda was proudly displayed for several years. When we bought our home, we had no name for the new business; we agreed it should be called Amanda’s Lodge.
In our living room, you can see Amanda’s mystical smile and her thought-provoking glance as she sips her wine.
Amanda’s Lodge is a cozy, comfortable home built in the 1950’s. It represents the style of craftsmanship often captured by old time builders. With its sunken living room and woodwork it takes you back in time when the little Bavarian town was not so prosperous. We are told by historians in Leavenworth that what is now called Amanda’s Lodge was the home of Heinz Ulbricht. Heinz helped design much of the original Bavarian architecture in the early days! This was his home and you will see the detail of craftsmanship throughout the home. You’ll find designs he inspired everywhere you go on main street. He was like most Leavenworth folks; he believed in the town and its people. We are told that the night he died he was downtown helping decorate the town for a festival.
In the book, Miracle Town, which is about the struggles of this little town, it says “Heinz proved to have an unerring sense of what was right for Leavenworth. He knew structural limitations and was knowledgeable about Old European architectural styles and decorative motifs. He was an earnest, hard worker, and as the Bavarianization of the town proceeded, he took on contracting jobs himself. Heinz had an understanding heart. He, too, had gone through periods of financial adversity, so he knew the hardships some building owners endured for so long. Heinz deserves the highest praise for making it possible for the building owners to move ahead with construction as quickly as they did.”
If you want more information about the “Miracle Town”, pick up the book at A Book for All Seasons which is a bookstore right across the street from Amanda’s Lodge.
We hope Amanda’s Lodge, our Bavarian home, will find a place in your heart with memories of a good time. And in memory of Heinz Ulbricht, we hope you will take happy thoughts with you when you leave the Miracle Town!