Assessment, Evaluation and Recommendations
This Historic Structure Report was prepared as part of the implementation of the Olympic National Park
General Management Plan (approved August 8, 2008 See Appendix 1) and in accordance with the Secretary
of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
This Historic Structure Report addresses forty-two structures. The Historic Context and Design Development
have provided a general framework of understanding the historic forces and environment whereby these
structures were conceived and created. Within the following sections of the report, the structures have
been organized around three primary subjects associated with various aspects of the park's history:
Homesteads and Recreation Structures, Forest Management and Fire Prevention, and World War II, with the
Forest Management and Fire Prevention section divided further into four subdivisions.
At the beginning of each primary section or subsection, there is an opening overview and general discussion
concerning more specific aspects of the construction of the buildings from a design and material aspect.
Prior to making decisions on Conservation Treatments for the structures, a series of basic "conservation
goals" are presented to establish a basis from which to make recommendations. The basis of these goals is
a general park cultural management program founded on two primary conservation principals. The first is
to maintain and preserve at least one of each style of historic structures. The second is to maintain
and preserve the structures within the context of their association as elements of a system of shelters,
trails, and ranger stations like found along the Hoh River trail. It is equally important to recognize
that this context of association applies to grouping of buildings such as found at the ranger stations.
The stations were a collection of several buildings and an open area for stock, and this functional
relationship needs to be maintained and preserved in the same manner as individual structures. In certain
instances, lost historic buildings could be restored where new functions are required for park
Following those conservation goal(s) a summary statement is provided on those significant elements and
character defining qualities that must be included in the formation of a conservation plan and treatment
Where pertinent to multiple structures, a discussion of universal conditions may be included to address
commonly found issues.
Last, a separate report is presented on condition assessment and recommendations for each individual
Such a format, when the report is taken as a whole, presents a degree of redundancy that must be
recognized. Conversely though, it allows a better contextual and more cohesive discussion of the each