National Park Service

Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park Receives Design Award of Excellence

Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park

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Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park.

March 2014

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park was recognized with a Modernism in America Design Award of Excellence from Docomomo. U.S. Docomomo is the international committee for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

The awards program “celebrates the projects and people working to sensitively preserve and rehabilitate significant mid-century modern buildings for continued productive use and to raise public awareness of the ongoing threats to modern architecture and design.”

The project to renovate the visitor center was contracted and managed by the Denver Service Center. The project team updated the Mission 66 style building with more energy-efficient features while maintaining the historic integrity of the building. In the award, the jury architect "congratulated the team for recognizing the high architectural and historic value of the complex, committing the funding for its preservation and sensitively restoring, adapting, and expanding it for continued productive use."