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Remann's Cabin
(Elk Lick Lodge)


Remann's Cabin
Figure No. 1: Judge Frederick Remann's Cabin


This cabin was constructed in 1926 by Grant Humes for Judge Frederick Remann as a seasonal recreational structure. Judge Remann was an ardent trout fisherman. The date of construction is the same year the road was completed to the Glines Canyon dam site. Due to the threat of flooding, the cabin was dismantled and moved to the current site in 1939. Judge Remann continued to use the cabin seasonally until his death in 1949.

The cabin is constructed of round logs with simple lap notching at the corners. It is a small one room structure measuring 14' x 16' with a five foot roof extension over a former front porch. The gables ends are log pole framed and covered with cedar shakes. Pole rafters and end frames support a series of purlins that act as the nailers for the shakes. The rafters are tied at the wall plate level by log ceiling joists. The complete roof framing is exposed on the interior. There is a wood floor supported by log joists bearing on the side sill logs.

In general, the cabin is in good condition with the notable exception of the log sills.

Site:
  • This structure sits amongst a mature stand of hemlock and fir trees. Even on a sunny day, little light reaches the forest floor, reducing dry conditions. Around the cabin, the site is deep in moist needle duff, extending in places completely over the sill logs. The cabin sits in a slight depression on the knoll overlooking the river. There does not appear to be any real positive drainage pattern for the present, though just a few feet from the front of the cabin the knoll drops off towards the river.

    Recommendation:

    A positive drainage pattern is needed around the building. This will required substantial removal of ground duff and the creation of drainage swales to the edge of the knoll. It will be a challenge at this site to keep the site drainage clear.

Structure:
  • Round logs of roughly 8" to 9" in diameter form the walls to the plate line. The logs have simple rectangular tenon laps at the corners. Unless spiked or drift pinned at the corners, there is no connection other than the force of gravity.

    The portions of the log walls at or below grade are in poor condition. At least the sill log and the course above are seriously deteriorated. This deterioration has caused settlement in the southwest corner, distorting the plane of the wall and causing logs to begin to slide out of the notching. In addition, there are serious signs of powder post beetle activity in the logs.

Remann's Cabin
Figure No. 2: Corner notching, Judge Frederick Remann's Cabin


  • The floor structure is composed of hewed log joists, notched into the sill logs and then decked with 1 x 6 full dimension boards. The joists are rotted at the sills and there are missing/rotted deck boards.

    Log columns under the extended plate logs originally supported the present cantilevered roof section. Most likely there was a porch deck also.

    Recommendation:

    The cabin will need to be raised and at least six to eight new sill and lower wall logs replaced. In this process the sill logs need to be supported by new natural stone piers that keep the lowest logs at least 8" off the grade.

    Existing sound floorboards can be salvage, with replacement of all the rest of the floor, along with complete replacement of the log joists.

    At a minimum, log columns should be installed to support the front roof overhang. It would be preferable if photograph evidence exists to rehabilitate the front deck too, but it is not necessary to stabilize the building.

Remann's Cabin
Figure No. 3: Ridge log, gable framing, and rafters.


Roof:
  • The roof frame of central ridge log, log pole rafters, and pole purlins, along with the gable pole frames are in very good condition. The 34" shakes appear to be relatively new and are in good condition. The location of the cabin creates heavy accumulation of duff on the roof.

    Recommendation:

    During periodic monitoring for condition, the roof should be cleaned of annual accumulation of needles and duff.

Windows:
  • There were originally three windows in the cabin, a single six lite fixed sash on the north and east elevation, and a double sash slider window on the west elevation. Currently, the north wall window is completely missing. The east wall window is present, but has been installed backwards. Only one of the sash remains on the west wall. All the windows have milled lumber frames.

    Recommendation:

    Depending on management objectives, either the open windows or window frames need to be covered with screen cloth to allow for ventilation but reduce an incidence of animal or insect entry, or the sash should be repaired and reglazed if seasonal occupancy is planned.

Door:
  • The front door is composed of two 1 x 18 rough sawn boards and 1"x cross buck braces. The door is in good condition.


Plan, Roose
Figure No. 4: Plan, Remann's Cabin



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