CURRENT (2005) CONDITION OF THE HUMES CABIN--A BRIEF SUMMARY

The overall condition of the Humes Cabin is fair, but unstable. However, without significant timely repairs it will soon slip into a poor state of condition.

The cabin consists of one room constructed of logs, approximately 15' wide by 18' long (exterior dimensions) and a kitchen to the rear, the same width and approximately 10'-9" deep, constructed of saplings and split cedar boards. The roof of the log section is constructed of split cedar shakes secured to purlins bearing on the gable end walls with additional support of a pair of rafters at mid-section. Notches in the south side wall indicate where ceiling joists were once installed; the corresponding log on the north wall was replaced-in-kind in 1970, however, the joist notching was not replicated.

The gable over the kitchen is similar but lower than that over the log section and extends over the rear porch the width of the cabin. A porch six feet deep with a hipped roof extends the width of the cabin at the front. The spring line for the roof in the log section is approximately 7' -6". The floor consists of hand-split cedar planks of random width and of approximate length of 3'.

The log section has one window 5' - 9" wide by 2' - 6" high, originally containing bi-parting sliding wood sash. Photos indicate the configuration of lights was 3 over 3 in each sash. There is an entrance door of milled rough-cut lumber 2' -8" x 5' - 10" opening inward. At the opposite (east) end of the room another door enters the kitchen. It is hand-made in origin and approximately 2' - 6" x 6' - 0". Much of the north wall was replaced in 1970. In that wall, three spliced log sections indicate where another doorway once entered into a former small barn adjacent to the building. That barn was removed during the restoration in 1970 and that doorway into the cabin was closed up.

The openings in the kitchen consist of one door of milled rough-cut lumber, 2' - 10" by 6' - 0", which opens onto the rear porch. There are three window openings: 3' - 2" wide by 2' - 1" high in the north wall, 4' - 10" wide by 2' - 10" high in the east wall, and 2' 11" wide by 2' - 0" high in the south wall. The kitchen presently has a dirt floor. Reports (Dalton, 1979; Koue, 1969) and existing nails on the rim joist indicate that it once was planked.

The log walls are assembled with dovetail joints at the corners. Hand-made wooden gutter mounts are attached to corners of the roof.



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