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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Lake Vernon Patrol Cabin
Structure Number:
MA2450
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Lake Vernon Cabin Building
2. 
Lake Vernon Snow Survey Shelter
Park:
Yosemite National Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
No records.
Structure State:
California
Structure County:
Mariposa
Region:
Pacific West
Cluster:
Pacific Great Basin
Administrative Unit:
Yosemite National Park
LCS ID:
055749
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Determined Eligible - SHPO
National Register Date:
08/23/2004
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
Cabin was included in the 2004 mulitple property nomination for YOSE. Significant for criteria A and C, period of significance 1945
Long Significance Description:
The Lake Vernon snow survey/patrol cabin is considered significant in conservation and architecture. Originally constructed for winter service in connection with the acquisition of hydrologic data along the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers watersheds within Yosemite National Park, these cabins , located in isolated areas, served as shelters for personnel and as bases of operation for employees patrolling snow courses and for equipment maintenance. Built under various agreements with the state of California and city of San Francisco, the cabins were used during the summer seasons by National Park Service rangers patrolling the backcountry, serving as supply bases and shelters. They became increasingly important in the latter role, giving added flexibility to rangers in wilderness who no longer had to carry quantities of dishes and bedding with them. The cabins continue to serve an important function as centers of backcountry maintenance and patrol activities. The cabin is associated with the historic contexts "Rustic Architecture in Yosemite, 1904 - 1940" and "NPS Conservation Programs in Yosemite National Park, 1916-1938".
 
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
1945
AD


City of San Francisco
Other
2. 
Rehabilitated
1977
AD


NPS

 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Patrol Cabin
Primary Current Use:
Patrol Cabin
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:
2,000 - 20,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
288
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Walls
Log
2. 
Foundation
Stone
3. 
Framing
Log
4. 
Roof
Metal
Short Physical Description:
Log cabin, approx. 15' x 18', aligned N/S. Log floor framing on mortared rock piers with dry laid rock between piers. Walls are 6" to 14" horizontal unchinked logs w/ round notches at corners. Corrugated steel gable roof. 1" x 4" t&g interior floors, open ceiling.
Long Physical Description:
Windows on the west and east elevations, 3/3 with fixed sash. Main door is Dutch-type, 6-1/2' x x3', with 8" vertical planks, on the elevation. A smaller 3" square winter access door it located in the south elevation gable wall.