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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Saddlehorn Caretaker's Garage
Structure Number:
B02
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
HS-2H
2. 
Caretaker's Residence Garage
Park:
Colorado National Monument
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
Colorado National Monument Visitor Center Complex
Structure State:
Colorado
Structure County:
Mesa
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Colorado Plateau
Administrative Unit:
Colorado National Monument
LCS ID:
006518
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
04/21/1994
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
This garage is significant under criterion A and C for its assocation with the CCC and the WPA, as well as being an excellent example of NPS rustic design architecture and incorporating natural landscape elements into the planning and design. Period of significance is 1935 - 1944.
Long Significance Description:
Located at the junction of Saddlehorn Loop Road and Rim Rock Drive, this structure was the first permanent structure built in the park in 1935 - 1936. The Saddlehorn Caretaker's Residence and Garage have local significance under Criterion A for their association with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The also have local significance under Criterion C for their exemplary representation of NPS Rustic Architecture. The materials and architectural design of these resources reflect the philosophy of incorporating natural landscape elements into planning and design. The period of significance for the caretaker's residence and garage dates from 1935 (when the residence was built) to 1944, the end of the historic period as defined by the National Register.

In a technique called "built by detail," not only were the walls' gross dimensions specified by the architect, but also each component block's shape, size and location. The mirror image of laid stone makes this building distinct and an excellent example of architectural design and building craftsmanship.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Designed
1935
AD
1935
AD
NPS Branch of Plans and Design
Other
2. 
Designed
1935
AD
1935
AD
Kreinkamp, H, A.
Architect
3. 
Built
1936
AD
1936
AD
ECW/CCC
Other
4. 
Built
1936
AD
1936
AD
PWA
Other
5. 
Altered
1946
AD




6. 
Rehabilitated
1958
AD
1958
AD
NPS
Other
7. 
Altered
1964
AD
1964
AD
NPS
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Secondary Structure (Garage)
Primary Current Use:
GENERAL STORAGE
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
1. 
Secondary Structure (Garage)
Current
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
2,000 - 20,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
400
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Walls
Weatherboard
2. 
Framing
Wood
3. 
Foundation
Concrete
4. 
Roof
Shake
5. 
Walls
Sandstone/Brownstone
Short Physical Description:
Square, one-story garage with red sandstone block walls, gabled roof with cedar shakes, divided light windows and on northside double wood-paneled overhead door with 5 lights.
Long Physical Description:
Located at southwest corner of property. One-story nearly square structure was constructed in a similar manner as the residence. The foundation of the garage is concrete. The exterior walls are constructed of native sandstone blocks, which are set in a coursed ashlar pattern. The lower courses are stepped. Constructed from massive native red sandstone blocks on a concrete foundation, the placement of blocks in the front and back walls are also symmetrical with reference to their respective centerlines. In a technique called "built by detail," not only were the walls' gross dimensions specified by the architect, but also each component block's shape, size and location. The mirror image of laid stone makes this building distinct and an excellent example of architectural design and building craftsmanship.

The north facade of the garage contains a double, wood paneled overhead door with 5-lights. A gabled roof is covered with cedar shakes with weatherboard siding used on each gable end. A louvered vent is located under each gable. The rafter tails and ridge beams are exposed. All trim is painted rust brown. The cornerstone on the left front exposure contains a small, informal time capsule. The interior of the garage is a nearly square open, 1-stall room with stone walls, exposed ceiling rafters, and a concrete floor.