AKA: National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, Parsons Memorial Lodge, Yosemite National Park, CA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Maybeck, Bernard R., Architect (firm); Walter Huber (building contractor); Bernard Ralph Maybeck (architect); Mark White (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1915-1915

1 story, total floor area: 1,040 sq. ft.

Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, CA

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The National Park Service obtained the lodge from its original owners, the Sierra Club, in 1973, and continued to use it as a "high country nature center." (See "Parsons Memorial Lodge,"Accessed 02/23/2011.)

Maybeck may have assisted on the construction of the house, according to the National Park Service;

The National Park service detailed the renovations that occurred during the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): "A number of changes happened in 1935. The roof was repaired and roofing paper was laid under the galvanized roofing, which made the building much easier to heat. A concrete floor was poured at the same time. Presumably, the original floor had been dirt. New window frames and heavy shutters studded with nails were constructed to keep out marauding bears who frequently vandalized the building when it was not occupied. The cabinet and table which remain in the building were constructed at that time. The summer custodian at the time recommended that canvas sheets be hung from existing wires to partition off areas for the privacy of overnight visitors. It is not known if this was ever done. His other recommendation--that heavy planks be cut to cover the stone seats under the windows "to improve comfort and appearance"--was done. During recent years electricity was installed in the building. Track lighting and hanging exhibits (both removable) were added by the Yosemite Natural History Association. The electrical system on the exterior at the southwest corner of the building is an intrusion." (See "Parsons Memorial Lodge,"Accessed 02/23/2011.)

PCAD id: 5826