Kitchen Shelter 2
Campground Buildings, Kitchen Shelter 2
Bâtiments du terrain de camping, abri-cuisine 2
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Overlooking Waterton Lake, Kitchen Shelter 2 is a one-storey shelter enclosed on three sides with log siding. Its gable roof is supported by peeled log posts 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 2 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
Kitchen Shelter 2 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. Kitchen Shelters are also associated with Depression relief construction activity.
Kitchen Shelter 2 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.
As one of the few permanent structures of the campground, Kitchen Shelter 2 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 Shelters, 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 2 should be respected.
Its rustic style, standard plan, very good 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 peeled logs 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 2 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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