01 Introduction

Cultural Landscape Recommendations: Park Headquarters at Munson Valley, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon


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This Cultural Landscape Catalog provides a preliminary analysis and evaluation of the historic landscape at Munson Valley in Crater Lake National Park. The purpose of the Catalog is to identify and evaluate historic landscape resources, and based on that evaluation, develop preliminary guidelines and recommendations for preservation, rehabilitation, maintenance, and interpretation of those resources. This document is a technical supplement and does not replace a standard cultural landscape report. Additional work will be required prior to implementation of specific recommendations and/or design concepts. Both the Catalog and future projects resulting from the Catalog’s programmatic information will receive review from appropriate local, state and federal entities.

Project boundaries are based primarily on the Munson Valley Historic District boundaries, yet are drawn to reflect the physiographic characteristics defining the district. When the field inventory occurred, the employee cabins at Sleepy Hollow had been demolished and new quarters were being constructed at the site. Due to the loss of historic integrity the area was considered non-contributing to the extant historic district and was not included in this project. However, the new development at Sleepy Hollow contains design elements and characteristics based on historic precedent; future preservation work for Munson Valley may include the area as part of the project boundary. The Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, as a designed landscape, is significant for its association with the Park Headquarters area and National Park Service interpretive programs of the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. Located adjacent to the study area, access to the trail begins at the east boundary of the historic district and project boundary. Preliminary documentation of the trail as a cultural landscape is included in the appendix of this report.

This document was developed in the Pacific Northwest Regional Office by the Cultural Resources Division. Previous documents prepared for the park addressing historic resources at Munson Valley include: Historic Resource Study, Crater Lake National Park, 1984; Munson Valley’s Designed Landscape, 1990; and The Rustic Landscape of Rim Village, 1927-1941. Crater Lake National Park, 1990.