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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Moraine Park Museum
Structure Number:
HS-0217
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Moraine Park Visitor Center
2. 
Moraine Park Lodge
Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
Moraine Park Museum & Amphitheater
Structure State:
Colorado
Structure County:
Larimer
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Rocky Mountain
Administrative Unit:
Rocky Mountain National Park
LCS ID:
010503
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
10/08/1976
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
State
Short Significance Description:
Significant under criterion A for its association with the Ranching and Resort Industries and the development of Federal Conservation efforts. Dates listed as 1923 to present (then 1975).
Long Significance Description:
Moraine Park Museum is significant for two reasons: its association with early resort development and its association with early Rocky Mountain National Park conservation efforts. Residents settled in Moraine Park as early as 1875, recognizing the sublime beauty. The park quickly developed into a tourist destination. Imogene Green homesteaded the property in 1899, and gradually constructed cabins to accommodate visitors. Built in 1923, the Assembly Hall served until 1931 as the social center of Imogene (Green) McPherson's summer resort because it housed a business office, tea room, and assembly hall.

When Congress passed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act in 1915, Moraine Park was filled with lodges and privately owned cabins. In an effort to return it to its "natural" environment, the National Park Service began to purchase properties and demolish buildings. It purchased McPhearson's assembly hall in 1931, and proceeded to demolish the surrounding cabins between 1932 and 1937. The park remodeled the building for a museum, adding pine display cases and an amphitheater. The museum opened in June 1937. Rocky Mountain National Park remodeled the museum several more times to accommodate increasing visitation and to modernize exhibits. The last rehabilitation, in 1991, again altered the interior to better serve the guests visiting Moraine Park.
 
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
1923
AD


McPherson, Imogene
Other
2. 
Altered
1931
AD


NPS

3. 
Designed
1934
AD
1934
AD
Albers, Robert W.
Architect
4. 
Designed
1934
AD
1934
AD
Baker, Howard W.
Landscape Architect
5. 
Designed
1934
AD
1934
AD
NPS Branch of Plans and Design
Landscape Architect
6. 
Designed
1934
AD
1934
AD
NPS Branch of Plans and Design
Architect
7. 
Altered
1935
AD
1936
AD
ECW/CCC
Other
8. 
Designed
1935
AD
1935
AD
JRJ
Engineer
9. 
Designed
1935
AD
1935
AD
NPS Office of the Chief Engineer
Engineer
10. 
Designed
1941
AD
1941
AD
Wilkie, R. E.
Architect
11. 
Designed
1941
AD
1934
AD
NPS Branch of Plans and Design
Architect
12. 
Altered
1941
AD
1941
AD
NPS
Other
13. 
Altered
1943
AD


NPS

14. 
Altered
1978
AD
1978
AD
NPS

15. 
Rehabilitated
1990
AD
1992
AD
NPS

 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Clubhouse (Social/Garden)
Primary Current Use:
Museum (Exhibition Hall)
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
Yes
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
1. 
Museum (Exhibition Hall)
Historic
2. 
Historic Furnished Interior
Current
3. 
Visitor Contact (Visitor Center)
Current
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
20,000 - 2,000,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
5420
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Foundation
Concrete
2. 
Roof
Shingle
3. 
Framing
Log
4. 
Foundation
Fieldstone
5. 
Walls
Log
Short Physical Description:
Two-and-a-half story, log and frame building. The roof is a gable with shed dormers. Another gable covers the enclosed porch to the front. The stone chimney and foundation give it a rustic character.
Long Physical Description:
Two-and-a-half story building has a gable roof with shed dormers covered in wood shingles that double every fifth course. The upper stories are log. The basement story, partially excavated into the hillside, is concrete veneered in uncoursed fieldstone. The enclosed south facing porch serves as a view platform to Moraine Park and Longs Peak. A log balustrade porch surrounds the fieldstone chimney on the west façade. Wood sash and picture windows punctuate the façades. Although the park remodeled the Museum several times, the building retains its rustic character.