Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence

Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence

Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence, is "an impressive structure of massive boulders and heavy-handed woodwork" at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

The park Superintendent's Residence is located at north end of Munson Valley Historic District (NRHP #88002622). It was constructed in 1933. The building’s footprint is 33 by 61 feet with a rustic stone superstructure and wood-shake roof. The first floor includes an entry hall, living room with lava-rock fireplace, a dining room, kitchen, and bedroom with adjoining bathroom. The second floor has four additional bedrooms and two bathrooms. The building was framed in Douglas fir and the roof covered with cedar shakes.

Today, the building houses part of the park’s Science and Learning Center. It opened its doors on August 26, 2006. The Superintendent's House was completely restored and retrofitted for safety in order to become useful once more to serve scientists and students in studies pertaining to Crater Lake and the surrounding area. The main house is used as library, meeting space, and offices, while the secondary building houses a mixture of reproduction and original furniture from the Imperial Monterey furniture line suitable for guests to stay overnight. The Imperial Monterey furniture line conserved for Crater Lake National Park was purchased by the NPS through Meier & Frank in Portland, Oregon, and is one of the few complete lines known in existence in a public place. The Imperial furniture line is one of the best known of the secondary Monterey lines, along with the Coronado line, both made in Los Angeles, California in the early 1930’s. The Imperial line utilized mahogany as their primary wood, usually stained dark brown with a silvery sheen, created by grain filler, probably silex or calcium chloride. The line was solid and heavy, accented by top quality ironwork. Originally the line was upholstered in a multicolored cotton weave in a fiesta-influenced pattern. Restoration upholstery chosen were rich red and cordovan colored waxed top grain aniline leathers, which was also appropriate to the time.

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