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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Bear Lake Comfort Station
Structure Number:
HS-0157
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Bear Lake Generator Building
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:
023481
 
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:
Bear Lake Comfort Station 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. With its stone and wood exterior, exposed rafter tails, and "tucked" positioning in the hillside, the Bear Lake Comfort station exemplifies NPS rustic design.
 
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
1940
AD


Branch of Plans & Design
Landscape Architect
2. 
Rehabilitated
1995
AD


NPS
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Comfort Station (Latrine)
Primary Current Use:
Electrical Power Plant
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:
373
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Framing
Wood
2. 
Foundation
Fieldstone
3. 
Roof
Shingle
4. 
Walls
Weatherboard
5. 
Walls
Fieldstone
6. 
Other
Fieldstone
Short Physical Description:
One-story frame building with a gable roof clad in wood shingles. The upper portion is covered in lap siding; the lower portion is stone. The central chimney is stone. The building has divided light windows painted yellow.
Long Physical Description:
The one-story, wood frame building has a wood shingle roof. The chimney is fieldstone. The building has exposed rafter tips and purlin ends. The walls are wood clapboard siding painted dark brown on the top half and native stone on the lower half. The wood windows are painted yellow and divided into twelve panes. Some windows are boarded over and painted brown. The doors are vertical wood painted yellow. The foundation is uncoursed fieldstone. The interior ceiling is exposed log rafters, unfinished but painted white. The interior floors are concrete. There are fieldstone retaining walls surrounding the entrances to the building. The building was converted from a comfort station to a generator building at an unknown date.