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Chalet

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/02/29

Maligne Lake Chalet; Jasper National Park; Jasper, Alberta; 1927; front elevation.; (Photo courtesy of Merna Forster, Jasper National Park, 1987.)
Facade
Maligne Lake Chalet; right side elevation.; (Photo courtesy of Merna Forster, Jasper National Park.)
Right side
Maligne Lake Chalet; rear elevation.; (Photo courtesy of Merna Forster, Jasper National Park.)
Rear

Other Name(s)

Chalet
Maligne Lake Chalet
Chalet du lac Maligne

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1927/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/08/31

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Surrounded by trees, the Chalet at Maligne Lake is located at the end of Maligne Lake Road near the lakeshore. It is a rectangular, single-storey, horizontal log construction with a hipped-gable roof. It features an overhanging cornice supported on projecting logs, and a low, closed verandah. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Chalet is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values:

Historical value:
The Chalet is closely associated with the early history of Jasper and the development of tourism within the park. An example of a building designed as tourist accommodation it is also associated with Fred Brewster, the businessman responsible for its construction.

Architectural value:
The Chalet is a good example of a rustic structure that reflects the aesthetics favoured by National Parks in the west during the early to mid 20th century. It is a good functional structure built to reflect its picturesque setting.

Environmental value:
The Chalet maintains its unchanged relationship with its natural surroundings and reinforces the Jasper Park setting. Conspicuous by its elevated location, it is nonetheless compatible with the other buildings at the site, all of which reflect the same standard Rustic aesthetic. The Chalet is familiar to wardens and hikers within the park.

Sources:
Maligne Lake Chalet, Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta. Heritage Character Statement 87-015; Kate McFarlane, Maligne Lake Chalet, Jasper National Park, Jasper, Alberta.Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 87-015.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Chalet should be respected.

Its Rustic style, utilitarian design and craftsmanship as manifested in:
-the simple, rectangular, low massing of the one-storey structure;
-the hipped-gable roof and the large exterior chimney of split fieldstone;
-the overhanging cornice of projecting logs;
-the closed verandah of vertical plank construction, and the contrasting massive log corner boards, and smaller, roughly finished logs framing the windows.

The manner in which the Chalet maintains its unchanged relationship with its natural surroundings and reinforces the Jasper National Park setting as evidenced by:
-its Rustic aesthetic.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date

1988/02/29

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Park Fixture
Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

Unknown

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

2964

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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