Maligne Lake Chalet
Chalet du lac Maligne
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
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.
The Chalet is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Park Fixture
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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