The Superintendent’s Residence was built in 1932-1933 by the CCC and the National Park Service (NPS) as part of a movement within the NPS of Rustic Architecture.
Approximately 10mx19m, two stories with the lower floor consisting or the entry, living room, dining room, kitchen, and what was once a bedroom with an adjoining bath (now the Library). the second floor has four more bedrooms (now offices) and two more baths. There is a usable basement, with an outside entrance, shownright.
The outer skin is rustic large stone boulders with a steep cedar shake roof, designed to resist fire and shake off the heavy snows in winter. Beautiful cedar doors
The Superintendent’s Residence at Crater Lake National Park is located within the Munson Valley Historic District. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Early image from a NPS report, left.
For a deep dive into the history of the Superintendent’s Residence check out the links below.
MPF Conservation had the privilege of working on many items from the Superintendent’s house toward the Centennial Opening. Many of these will be listed under this page as we load them:
- Superintendent’s Residence (also the “new” Crater Lake Science and Learning Center)
- Superintendent’s Residence History
- Superintendent’s Residence Then and Now
- Superintendent’s Residence Design
- Superintendent’s Imperial (Not Monterey) Furniture
- Superintendent’s Living Room
- Superintendent’s Dining Room
- Superintendent’s Tilt-table Sofa (coming soon)
- Superintendent’s Strapping Chair (coming soon)
Bottom, image of Crater Lake by Kim Chamales, NPS. The island in the center is known as Wizard Island, from the official page of the NPS. This park should be on your bucket list: it is breathtaking!
For more information:
- Architecture in the Parks
- Superintendent’s Residence: Historic Structure Report (downloadable book)
- NPS Cultural Landscapes Inventory 2000 (dry reading imo)
- Crater Lake NP (the official page)
- And of course, Wikipedia, though I have seen discrepancies… I correct them, but they do not always take. For instance, Imperial furniture is NOT Monterey, but was made during that time period. The only Monterey line is Mason Monterey.
To return to Crater Lake National Park home page, click here.