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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Saddlehorn Comfort Station
Structure Number:
B03
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Circa 1990, Loop Renamed C.
2. 
Loop A Comfort Station
Park:
Colorado National Monument
Historic District:
 
Historic District
No records.
Structure State:
Colorado
Structure County:
Mesa
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Colorado Plateau
Administrative Unit:
Colorado National Monument
LCS ID:
100038
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
04/21/1994
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
The comfort station has local significance under Criterion A for its association with the CCC and WPA. and under Criterion C as a good example of NPS rustic architecture, incorporating natural landscape elements into its planning and design. Period of significance is 1937-1944.
Long Significance Description:
The Saddlehorn Comfort Station has local significance under National Register Criterion A for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It also has local significance under Criterion C as a good example of National Park Service Rustic Architecture. The materials and architectural design of this resource reflect the philosophy of incorporating natural landscape elements into planning and design. As a National Park facility used to manage conservation of the monument and maintain it for visitor use and enjoyment, the building is also significant in the areas of conservation and recreation. The period of significance for the comfort station dates from its date of construction in 1937 to 1944.
 
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
1936
AD
1936
AD
NPS Branch of Plans and Design
Architect
2. 
Designed
1936
AD
1936
AD
Kreinkamp, H. A.
Architect
3. 
Built
1937
AD
1937
AD
PWA
Other
4. 
Built
1937
AD
1937
AD
ECW/CCC
Other
5. 
Altered
1960
AD
1960
AD
NPS
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Comfort Station (Latrine)
Primary Current Use:
Vacant/Maintained (Mothballed)
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:
336
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Foundation
Concrete
2. 
Roof
Shake
3. 
Framing
Wood
4. 
Walls
Weatherboard
5. 
Walls
Sandstone/Brownstone
Short Physical Description:
One storey rectangular sandstone comfort station w/ concrete foundation and gabled roof. The comfort station includes a concrete floor with 4 flush toilets on the women's side and 3 toilets and one urinal on the men's side.
Long Physical Description:
One-story, regtangular building has a women's restroom and men's restroom on either end with a janitor's area (utility space) between them. Constructed from massive native red sandstone blocks on a concrete foundation, the opposing side walls of the structure are mirror images of one another. 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 stone masonry is a random ashlar pattern with stepped corners. The gable roof is covered with cedar shakes with exposed ridge beam and rafters. Each gable end is covered with weatherboard siding and has a centrally located vent. On either side of the building (north and south elevations) is a row of seven 2-light, wood sash, hopper windows. All windows are screened. The comfort station has three doors, one on the east and the west elevations leading into the toilets, and one on the north elevation that enters the utility space. The east and west doors are constructed of vertical wood planks and have original wrought iron hardware. The shiplap door into the utility space is Z-braced.

The interior plan of the comfort station includes a concrete floor with 4 flush toilets on the women's side and 3 toilets and one urinal on the men's side. Doors for stalls are wood tongue-and-groove.