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Crater Lake Administrative Complex, Munson Valley, Rim Drive off State Highway 62, Crater Lake, Klamath County, OR



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Location
Rim Drive off State Highway 62, Crater%252BLake, OR

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS OR-162
Building/structure dates: 1924 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1928 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1932 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1985 subsequent work
Significance: Crater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902, making it the seventh National Park in the United States. For the first few years after the park's establishment, park headquarters were located about five miles south of the lake. By 1924 the park's headquarters had moved to Munson Valley, its current location. Between 1928 and 1930 structures were added to the site, all having the characteristics of the rustic style of architecture developed by the NPS San Francisco Branch of Plans and Design: Steeply-pitched roofs; varied siding materials; use of heavy timbers; earth tones; and siting that is sensitive to the environment. In 1932 five additional building were added to the area, all exhibiting massive stone boulders in the exterior walls, steel casement windows, and other typical materials and forms of the fully developed rustic style. A general plan for the headquarters area was drawn up in 1933 by Merel Sager, and NPS landscape architect who worked mainly in western parks and whose responsibilities ranged from design and construction to the planning and supervising. His primary duty was to solve visual design problems by determining the physical development of a park and designing the necessary buildings and landscape. At Munson Valley, Sager fully articulated the rustic theme in the buildings there by using massive native rock as an integral part of the architectural vocabulary. A historic district is proposed for the designed complex of buildings and landscape features at Munson Valley. This district exemplifies the rustic style of park architecture in its use of native materials, colors, and forms that harmonize with the environment.

Subjects
Stone Buildings
National Parks & Reserves
Administration Buildings


Related Names
Sager, Merel
Luxenberg, Gretchen A., Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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