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Preferred Structure Name:
Lookout Point Ranger Residence
Structure Number:
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Other Structure Name(s)
No records.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Historic District:
Historic District
Mineral King Road Cultural Landscape District
Structure State:
Structure County:
Pacific West
Pacific Great Basin
Administrative Unit:
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
National Historic Landmark?:
Significance Level:
Short Significance Description:
The Mineral King Road Cultural Landscape District is significant at the state level for criteria A and C; period of significance 1915-1942.
Long Significance Description:
The cultural landscape of Mineral King embodies distinctive characteristics of a vernacular method of construction, specifically recreation residence cabin constructino of the 1920's and 1930's.
Construction Period:

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Physical Event
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Begin Year CE/BCE
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End Year CE/BCE
Designer Occupation

Function and Use:

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

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Structural Component(s)
Short Physical Description:
The residence is a retangular one-story gable-roofed abode structure with a living room, bathroom, & 2 bedrooms. There is a portal on the north side of the structure, and a small gable-roofed addition on the west end, projecting to the south. Asphalt shingles.
Long Physical Description:
This building was constructed by the CCC in 1936 to serve as a ranger residence and a fire lookout. Managers chose adobe as the structural material of the residence because of its fire resistant qualities and the relative ease with which unskilled workers could make the bricks. They also noted that brick making was an ideal activity for fire suppression crews in camp when they had no active fires to fight. Planners selected a location for the structure on a promontory that earlier had “a temporary cabin and a tent platform” for a fire guard. Although the location provided an excellent vantage point to detect fires, it had no easy water source, necessitating a 2,470 foot waterline from a spring high above the ranger station. The residence and its companion garage were completed by late 1936. The finished residence was a one story abode structure with a living room, bathroom, and two bedrooms, in the adobe vernacular style. Its original cost, not including the garage or shed, was slightly more than $3,500.

The Lookout Point ranger residence is an L shaped structure that has about 1,150 square feet of interior floor space. The structure has large covered porches with poured concrete floors and large 10x10 timber posts on the north and east sides of the building. The building has an intersecting gable roof with asphalt composite shingles. There are separate stove pipe and concrete chimneys that extend through the plane of the roof. The lower portion of the exterior adobe structure has distinctive flared walls that buttress out and lend the building a certain sense of solidity. The eve of the roof extends beyond the plane of the structure showing 4x4 lookouts and 4x3 raftertails. The 4 light wood plank doors and screen doors on the structure appear to be original with mostly original hardware and hinges. The building has its original double hung and hinged windows on all of its facades. The structure has distinctive, triangularly arranged sets of three holes for ventilation, under the crown of the roofline that have been drilled through adobe. The tee shaped clothesline with knee braces immediately west of the structure is likely original. There is a small lawn in the front of the residence that is delineated by a split rail incense cedar fence. The mortared stone masonry pathway passes a mid sized sequoia and pine tree in the front yard before leading to the entrance. A picture from 1937 does not show the fence, pathway or trees, so they are likely noncontributing. The non native vegetation in and around the yard includes a climbing rose bush and four fruit trees and are also noncontributing.