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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Fern Lake Patrol Cabin
Structure Number:
HS-0014
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Fern Lake Ranger 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:
052102
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
03/18/1982
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 Fern Lake Patrol Cabin is significant for its rustic design. Stephen Mather and Horace Albright advocated rustic design within the National Park Service as early as 1918 believing that buildings should blend with their natural surroundings. Members of the Los Angeles Landscape Engineering Division, under supervision of Daniel P. Hull, designed the log building. The backcountry cabins share the rustic style, although materials vary from stone to log depending on the environment. The cabins and stations are frequently found in remote locations, which increases the rate of deterioration. Despite the extreme environment and the isolated conditions, the cabins and stations are, for the most part, well maintained by the rangers and visitors.
 
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
1925
AD


Hull, Daniel P.
Architect
2. 
Altered
1982
AD
1982
AD
NPS
Other
3. 
Rehabilitated
1995
AD
1995
AD
NPS

4. 
Stabilized
1999
AD
1999
AD
NPS
Other
 
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
1. 
Ranger Station
Historic
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
2,000 - 20,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
490
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Foundation
Stone
2. 
Roof
Shingle
3. 
Walls
Log
4. 
Framing
Log
Short Physical Description:
One-story, rectangular plan log building with side gable roof clad in wood shingles. The logs are saddle-notched with sawn and hewn ends. The central door accessed by dimensional lumber porch. Side door with stone stoop. The buildings rests on a stone foundation.
Long Physical Description:
The one-story, log building is rectangular in plan. The saltbox, gable roof is covered in wood shingles. The logs are saddle-notched with sawn and hewn ends. Rustic details--such as exposed rafter tips and a fieldstone foundation--characterize the exterior. The building has divided light wood windows; they are not historic. The dimensional lumber porch is not historic. The interior has three rooms and a loft. The surrounding landscape has a pit privy and a corral.

The NPS installed a wood stove in 1982 and repaired the roof in 1999.