The Rustic Landscape of Rim Village, 1927-1941
With entry of the United States into World War II, construction activity at Rim Village was reduced considerably and the intensive period of development at Crater Lake was over. Park staff and field personnel were lost to the war effort, the public works programs were disbanded, and the park itself switched to a summer only operation. A few small construction projects were completed during this time, all outside of the village proper. With so little staff in place, the superintendent and his remaining personnel turned their attention to planning for future development during the quiet years ahead.
Nineteen-forty-one marks the end of an era for Crater Lake National Park, the most important era in the park’s history in terms of Rustic design and the implementation of that design ethic in the park. Although changes to the historic designed landscape at Rim Village have occurred since 1941, they have not been extensive and the primary landscape features, patterns, and overall design character remains with a high degree of integrity. Rim Village is an outstanding example of a landscape that reflects the design ethic of a special period of development and of an era that espoused designing the built environment in a manner that was sympathetic and respectful of the natural landscape.