Kitchen Shelter 13
Campground Buildings, Kitchen Shelters 13
Bâtiments du terrain de camping, abris de cuisines 13
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Kitchen Shelter 13, overlooking Waterton Lake, is a one-storey shelter enclosed on three sides with log siding. Its gable roof is supported by vertical timbers on the open front. It is located on an exposed site near the water and within the large public campground and picnic area of Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Kitchen Shelter 13 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
Kitchen Shelter 13 is closely associated with the theme of automobile-accessible campground development in Canada. Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada was one of the first National Parks to develop a series of facilities for park visitors. The Kitchen Shelters are also associated with Depression relief construction activity.
Kitchen Shelter 13 is a good example of a simple, utilitarian structure. It is built to a standardized plan with natural materials such as log siding, exposed rafters, and log posts, which were in keeping with the picturesque rustic style used to create a unified image for the national parks.
Kitchen Shelter 13, one of the few permanent structures of the campground, is linked to the other structures by its standardized design and appearance. It reinforces the rustic character of its park setting and is familiar to wardens and campers within Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada.
Sources: The Kitchen Shelter 13, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 90-235; Edward Mills, 16 Buildings, Townsite Campground and Playground Area, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Federal Heritage Building Report, 90-235.
The character-defining elements of Kitchen Shelter 13 should be respected.
Its rustic style, standard plan, craftsmanship and materials, for example:
- the simple, low massing of the one-storey, three-sided structure;
- the moderately pitched gabled roof with exposed rafters and log slab siding for the walls;
- the squared timbers used as posts within the open front;
- the perimeter subwalls that rise above ground level;
- the central cookstove with a masonry chimney.
The manner in which Kitchen Shelter 13 reinforces the rustic character of its mountain park setting and is a familiar landmark within Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada as evidenced by:
- its compatible scale, uniform design and colour scheme in relation to the adjacent park buildings;
- its location in the campground and picnic area where it is used by visitors to the park.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Park Fixture
Architect / Designer
National Parks Branch - Architectural Division
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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