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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Rocky Forks Warden Cabin is located on the South Boundary Trail in Jasper National Park and faces a large meadow southeast of the Medicine Tent and Rocky Rivers intersection. It is a one-storey log structure with a gabled roof and chimney. Its entrance gable has a large log-framed sheltered porch. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Rocky Forks Warden Cabin is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Rocky Forks Warden Cabin is associated with the National Park program that constructed a series of outposts for the use of boundary patrols of the Warden Service, to control poaching and visitor activities. It is also linked to historic travel routes and to the intersection of important trails through the park. The prominent location of the trails has contributed to the continued use of the back-country station.
The Rocky Forks Warden Cabin is a good example of a function-oriented design with rustic character. The functional plan of the structure, its craftsmanship and use of natural building materials respect the rustic architectural imagery practiced within National Parks.
The Rocky Forks Warden Cabin is nestled within a stately stand of mature conifers. The relationship between the Rocky Forks Warden Cabin, the Tack Shed and the day corral remains largely unchanged. The building contributes to its setting through its materials and form. Its visually prominent location at the junction of four major trails is a familiar landmark and destination for travelers along the South Boundary Trail.
The Rocky Forks Warden Cabin, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 96-099.
The following character-defining elements of the Rocky Forks Warden Cabin should be respected.
Its function-oriented plan, rustic character and good quality craftsmanship and materials such as:
- its simple massing of a rectangular plan, single-storey structure with a gable roof and chimney;
- its log-framed sheltered porch area at the entrance gable;
- its roof brackets, queen posts, collar tie, and the centrally positioned door, symmetrically flanked by two small windows, which add emphasis to the entrance;
- its good quality construction;
- its walls of peeled logs, horizontally laid and saddle-notched at the corners;
- its fascia boards over the exposed log rafter tails, the simple half-log door and window trim.
The visually prominent location of the Rocky Forks Warden Cabin and its relationship to the site as evidenced in:
- its location at the junction of four major trails;
- its relationship between the Rocky Forks Warden’s Cabin and its outbuildings and day corral.
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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