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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Glacier Basin Ranger Station
Structure Number:
HS-0012
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Glacier Basin Campground Station
Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
No records.
Structure State:
Colorado
Structure County:
Larimer
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Rocky Mountain
Administrative Unit:
Rocky Mountain National Park
LCS ID:
023286
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
01/29/1988
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
Significant under criterion C for its representation of NPS rustic architecture (1870-1941).
Long Significance Description:
The Ranger Station at Glacier Basin Campground is significant for its rustic design. Stephen Mather and Horace Albright advocated rustic design within the National Park Service as early as 1918. Rustic-style buildings utilize local materials in an effort to blend with the surrounding environment. By employing wood shingle roofs, log construction, and fieldstone many buildings within Rocky Mountain National Park exemplify this design philosophy. The Keeper of the National Register found the ranger station, along with other NPS constructed rustic buildings, to be significant in 1988.
 
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
1930
AD


NPS, Branch of Plans & Design
Landscape Architect
2. 
Preserved
1983
AD
1983
AD
NPS

 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Ranger Station
Primary Current Use:
Visitor Contact (Visitor Center)
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:
450
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Walls
Log
2. 
Foundation
Concrete
3. 
Roof
Shingle
4. 
Framing
Log
Short Physical Description:
One-story log building with side gable roof covered in wood shingles. A log addition to the rear has hog-trough corners. The logs are square-notched. There are divided light windows. The foundation is concrete.
Long Physical Description:
The one-story, log structure has an L-shaped plan. The gable roof is covered in wood shingles that double every fifth course. The walls are square notched logs painted dark brown. The shed-roof addition to the rear has hog-trough corners. The porch sits under the main gable; it has one log column and a concrete floor. Divided light wood windows are painted light green and yellow. Doors are wood. The foundation is poured concrete with sill logs.