Historic Structure Report: Elk Lake Guard Station, Deschutes National Forest, Bend/Fort Rock Ranger District
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The Elk Lake Guard Station was selected to serve as a subject site due to its high level of integrity and significance for Deschutes National Forest. Project constraints included distance to the property from the student's home in Springfield, an eight week start-to-finish project deadline, limited volunteer time availability,and climatic conditions at the property. This Historic Structure Report is intended to provide a general assessment of the building and recommendations for its preservation and perpetuated use as an interpretive center by the US Forest Service.In 2002, a National Register Nomination was completed for the property. The nomination contained a commendable level of detail and documentation,gathered from a breadth of sources, on the physical description of the building,its history, and its statement of significance. Therefore, this report will not focus on expanding the historical context. The components ofthis report are: (1) proposed treatment and use of the building,(2) background information and level of significance, (3) physical description of the guard station, including character defining features,condition assessment, and recommendations,and (4) priority maintenance.