Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence

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Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence
Crater Lake Superintendent Residence - Oregon - NHL.jpg
Location Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Nearest city Fort Klamath, Oregon
Coordinates 42°54′00.75″N 122°08′14.60″W / 42.9002083°N 122.1373889°W / 42.9002083; -122.1373889
Built 1932[1]
Architect NPS Branch of Plans & Design, et al..[2]
Architectural style National Park Service rustic[citation needed]
Part of Munson Valley Historic District (#88002622)
NRHP reference # 87001347[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 28, 1987[1]
Designated NHL May 28, 1987[3]
Designated CP December 1, 1988

Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence, is "an impressive structure of massive boulders and heavy-handed woodwork" at Crater Lake National Park[4] in southern Oregon. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987 as an important example of 1930s National Park Service Rustic architecture.[3][4][5]

Location, layout and amenities[edit]

The park Superintendent's Residence is located at north end of Munson Valley Historic District. It was constructed in 1933. The building’s footprint is 33 by 61 feet (10 by 19 m) with a rustic stone superstructure and wood-shake roof. The first floor includes an entry hall, living room with lava-rock fireplace, a dining room, kitchen, and bedroom with adjoining bathroom. The second floor has four additional bedrooms and two bathrooms. The building was framed in Douglas fir and the roof covered with cedar shakes.[6]

Today, the building houses part of the park’s Science and Learning Center. It opened its doors on August 26, 2006.[7] The Superintendent's House was completely restored and retrofitted for safety in order to become useful once more to serve scientists and students in studies pertaining to Crater Lake and the surrounding area. The main house is used as library, meeting space, and offices and is furnished with the original Imperial Monterey furniture. An adjacent secondary building serves as a bunkhouse for visitors, and houses a mixture of reproduction and original Imperial Monterey furniture. The reproduction furniture was created as part of a graduate student project by two students from the Oregon College of Art and Craft.


The Imperial Monterey furniture line conserved for Crater Lake National Park was purchased by the NPS through Meier & Frank in Portland, Oregon. It is one of two largest complete lines known in existence in a public place, the other being a line of Mason Monterey furniture just a few hours away at the Oregon Caves National Monument. The Imperial furniture line is one of the best known of the secondary Monterey lines, made in Los Angeles, California in the early 1930s. The Imperial line utilized mahogany as their primary wood, usually stained dark brown with a silvery sheen, created by grain filler, probably silex or calcium chloride. The line was solid and heavy, accented by top quality ironwork. Originally the line was upholstered in a multicolored cotton weave in a fiesta-influenced pattern. The restoration show covers chosen were rich red and cordovan colored waxed top grain aniline leathers, which was also appropriate to the time.[8]

Original Imperial Monterey furniture shown in the dining room it may have resided in at the Superintendent's House at Crater Lake National Park, now the Science and Learning Center. The hutch is a prohibition hutch, and has a hidden latch whereby a pop-up bar raises in the back.

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  1. ^ a b c "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 18. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  2. ^ National Park Service. "National Register Information System". Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b National Park Service. "National Historic Landmark Program: NHL Database". Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  4. ^ a b ""Architecture in the Parks: A National Historic Landmark Theme Study: Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence", by Laura Soullière Harrison". National Historic Landmark Theme Study. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  5. ^ Laura Soullière Harrison (1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Superintendent's Residence / Former Superintendent's Residence" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1985.
  6. ^ Green, Linda W., "Construction of Government Buildings and Landscaping in Crater Lake National Park", Crater Lake Historic Resource Study, National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, Denver, Colorado, June 1984.
  7. ^ "Munson Valley Historic District", Crater Lake National Park Trust, Crater Lake, Oregon, 8 April 2008.
  8. ^ Treatment Reports for the Conservation of the Imperial Monterey Furniture, Crater lake National Park's Science and Learning Center, 2006 [1]

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