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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Desert View Caretaker's Shed
Structure Number:
0912
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Shed
Park:
Grand Canyon National Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
The Desert View Watchtower
Structure State:
Arizona
Structure County:
Coconino
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Colorado Plateau
Administrative Unit:
Grand Canyon National Park
LCS ID:
056901
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
01/03/1995
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
Secondary structure located near Caretaker's Residence. Contributes to historic scene of district. Constructed in Rustic style to harmonize with surroundings. Listed under Criterion A for entertainment/recreation and Criterion C for architecture.
Long Significance Description:
Located just west of the Caretaker';s Residence, this small shed is sheathed with shiplap siding and has a gable roof with wood shakes and overhanging eaves. There were originally two outbuildings, which served the Caretaker';s Residence, a toilet and a coalhouse. They were both built in 1940. The toilet was removed at an undetermined date, but the coalhouse remains.

The Desert View Watchtower Historic District is listed under Criterion A for entertainment/recreation and Criterion C for architecture.

The Watchtower and its attendant structures are the principal focus and the most significant elements of this group of buildings near the east entrance of the park. The three principal structures (the Watchtower, The Ruin, and the Store Room) were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987 as part of the MEJ Colter Buildings NHL. All of the structures in the Watchtower district illustrate the Rustic style of architecture, a style that was designed to harmonize with its natural environment. The purpose of these buildings were to serve as a rest stop at the eastern end of the South Rim for sight-seeing tours brought out by Fred Harvey Transportation Department touring cars and buses from Grand Canyon Village. The Watchtower district is significant locally for its role in the railway's development of tourist facilities in Grand Canyon National Park and NPS response to facility development in the park.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1940
AD


A.T.& S.F. Railway Company
Other
2. 
Moved
2003
AD
2007
AD


 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
GENERAL STORAGE
Primary Current Use:
GENERAL STORAGE
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
No records.
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
1 - 2,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
80
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Foundation
Stone
2. 
Walls
Wood
3. 
Roof
Wood
4. 
Foundation
Earth
Short Physical Description:
1 story 8' x 10' wood frame shed. Gable roof with wood shingles, overhanging eaves, exposed rafters. Board & batten door, boarded-up window. No foundation except for 2 stones under northwest corner of building. Building has been moved at some point to new location 5 meters north of Building 914.