Isaac Creek Warden Cabin
Chalet des gardes d’Isaac Creek
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Isaac Creek Warden Cabin is situated on the edge of a meadow, near the confluence of Isaac Creek and the Brazeau River. It is a rectangular, single-storey log construction of simple massing, with a gabled roof and a log-framed open porch. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Isaac Creek Warden Cabin is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.
The Isaac Creek Warden Cabin is associated with the National Parks program of constructing a series of outposts used by boundary patrols of the Warden Service for controlling poaching activities.
The Isaac Creek Warden Cabin is a good example of a structure utilitarian in design and rustic in character. The Cabin’s plan conforms closely to the standard plan for patrol cabins prescribed in 1918. It 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 and exhibits good quality construction.
Isaac Creek Warden Cabin stands adjacent to a wood/tack shed and a day corral on a picturesque site that has remained unchanged since its construction. The structure is compatible with its dramatic natural surroundings and is familiar to wardens and hikers within the park.
Sources: The Isaac Creek Warden Cabin, South Boundary Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Heritage Character Statement 96-099.
The following character-defining elements of the Isaac Creek Warden Cabin should be respected.
Its rustic style and good craftsmanship and materials such as:
- the simple low massing of the one-storey structure;
- the rectangular plan and the gable roof;
- the horizontally laid, peeled log walls with saddle notching at the corners;
- the open porch projecting from the front;
- the wood siding finished in red-brown paint; and
- the functional window shutters.
The manner in which the Isaac Creek Warden Cabin is compatible with the picturesque mountain park setting of Jasper National Park as evidenced by:
- its ongoing relationship to the edge of the meadow within the forest; and
- its historical relationship to the surrounding buildings.
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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