Centennial Work Center

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Centennial Work Center
Centennial Work Station office and residence.jpg
Centennial Work Center, front of residence and office.
Centennial Work Center is located in Wyoming
Centennial Work Center
Centennial Work Center is located in the US
Centennial Work Center
Nearest city Centennial, Wyoming
Coordinates 41°18′28″N 106°9′25″W / 41.30778°N 106.15694°W / 41.30778; -106.15694Coordinates: 41°18′28″N 106°9′25″W / 41.30778°N 106.15694°W / 41.30778; -106.15694
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1938
Architect USDA Forest Service, Region 2
Architectural style USFS rustic architecture
MPS Depression-Era USDA Forest Service Administrative Complexes on Medicine Bow NF MPS
NRHP reference # 94000273[1]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1994

The Centennial Work Center in Medicine Bow National Forest near Centennial, Wyoming was built in 1938. It was built to replace the nearby Centennial Ranger Station. It was designed by USDA Forest Service, Region 2 in USFS rustic architecture and served as a government office. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture. The listing included three contributing buildings, a bunkhouse, a combined office and bunkhouse, and a garage, on 5 acres (2.0 ha).[1]

The office/bunkhouse and bunkhouse are both of horizontal saddle-notched log construction with wood shingled gable roofs. Both were built in 1938 and 1939. The office contains an office/living room, kitchen, bunk room, small utility room and a basement under the living room and kitchen. It was originally built with an attached two car garage, but this was converted into a bunk room in 1964. The bunkhouse contains a kitchen, three bunk rooms, living room with stone fireplace, dining room, bathroom and a full basement. A brass plaque in front of the bunkhouse memorializes Robert Fechner, who was National Director of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) from 1933 until his death in 1939.

The garage is a rectangular wood frame building with log siding. It contains two bays, two workrooms, and two small storage rooms. It was built from 1938 to 1940, with a 450 square foot addition to the south end in 1962.

All three contributing structures were built mostly by crews from the Mullen Creek Camp (F-36-W) of the CCC, with some work also being done by Ryan Park Side Camp (F-22-W) crews.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Heid, James (18 September 1993). "NRHP Registration: Centennial Work Center" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 

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