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Western Center for Historic Preservation Projects


The Western Center for Historic Preservation completes preservation projects throughout the western United States. Providing start to finish project oversight, the WCHP's mission is to reduce the maintenance backlog on historic structures. WCHP crews work year-round, making good use of their 1,500 square foot workshop in the winter months for preservation carpentry projects and completing onsite outdoors projects in the warmer months. Training and local involvement is encouraged for each project. Services provided by WCHP include:

  • Condition assessments
  • Project scoping and cost estimating
  • Project management
  • Log building preservation
  • Masonry preservation
  • Structure stabilization
  • Historic window and door preservation, repair and replication

Below is a selection of recent project. For information on past projects, see our Annual Reports.

Project: Brinkerhoff Lodge, Grand Teton National Park

Preservation maintenance on the Brinkerhoff Lodge in Grand Teton National Park is ongoing. In 2011, WCHP replaced deteriorated log-ends on the Lodge, and cleaned and restained the Lodge and Caretaker's Cabin.

WCHP Brinkerhoff Project 2011

Project: Dewey Gifford House, Capital Reef National Park

In 2010 and 2011 the WCHP crew traveled to Capital Reef National Park to work on the historic Dewey Gifford House. In Phase I, the WCHP repaired the roof and removed the windows for repair in the WCHP shop in Moose, WY. In phase II, the crew scraped and sanded the window jambs, reinstalled the repaired windows, and repaired the exterior stucco.

WCHP Dewey Gifford Project 2011

Project: McHaney Cabin, Joshua Tree National Park

During the McHaney Cabin project the WCHP crew, assisted by Joshua Tree employees, reconstructed an historically significant cabin in Joshua Tree National Park. Despite the fact that the cabin had collapsed, the WCHP preservation crew was able to salvage material from the original cabin for the reconstruction.

WCHP McHaney Project

Project: Bryan Flats Guard Station, Bridger-Teton National Forest

During the summer of 2011, a crew from WCHP traveled south to the Bryan Flats Guard Station, one of the oldest remaining guard stations on the forest. The WCHP corrected structural deficiencies in the foundation, and replaced deteriorated logs. In 2012, the WCHP will return to the site to complete chinking on the exterior of the building.

WCHP Bryan Flats Project

Did You Know?

Tetons from the north, photo by Erin Himmel

Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.