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Introduction
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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 administration purposes.

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 policy.

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 structure.

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 primary section.



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