07 Spatial Organization

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

 

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ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION

 

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SPATIAL ORGANIZATION

Munson Creek divides this glaciated valley into three spatial areas which reflect a specific hierarchy of land use: residential, administrative and maintenance. Thomas Vint’s 1925 master plan sited three contiguous complexes within these areas with the administrative complex as the structural and symbolic center. Forest canopies and meadows separate and distinguish activity areas creating visual buffers between the residential areas at the highest elevations on the north end of the site, and the maintenance area on the south end. As stated in the 1928 plan, the administrative complex had potential for visitor contact and remains the most prominent and commanding area of the park headquarters complex.

 

Munson Creek in the residential area.

Munson Creek north of the Messhall in the administration area.