Gatekeeper's Cabin, Grand Canyon National
The Restoration of America's Log Cabins program started in
1998 with the restoration of the historic
gatekeeper's cabin at the entrance
to the north rim of Grand Canyon National
Park. Also known as the entrance cabin,
it housed the park ranger who welcomed
visitors to the park and collected
entrance fees. The cabin also functioned
as quarters for the employee who staffed
the fire lookout tower near the cabin.
Ranger Marv Adams, fire lookout from
1933 to 1940, occupied the cabin with
his wife. During the winter, the north
rim closes due to heavy snowfall.
It was the job of ranger Adams and
ranger Warren Hamilton, another north
rim inhabitant in the 1930s, to shovel
snow off the roof of the gatekeeper's
cabin for fear it would collapse.
The gatekeeper's cabin represents
Rustic style log architecture. A true
American style, it evolved during
a renaissance in log construction
during the late 19th century when
wealthy industrialists built log cabin
"hideaways." Today the tradition of
log architecture still continues.
The gatekeeper's cabin remains a residence for park staff.
Employees continue to call it home
during the summer as they perform
vital work to help preserve the park's
wonders. As the years passed, the
cabin deteriorated due to the extreme
freeze-thaw cycle at the north rim.
Log ends had rotted, chinking between
logs eroded, the gable wall collapsed
and the roof needed replacement
common problems for a log structure.
To save the gatekeeper's cabin, National Park Service professionals
thoroughly rehabilitated the building.
To maintain its historic integrity,
special techniques and materials were
used to restore the cabin as closely
as possible to its original state.