• Speleothems in Miller's Chapel.

    Oregon Caves

    National Monument Oregon

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  • Road Work, Expect Delays

    ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.

  • Watch for Wildlife

    Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.

Monterey Furniture

Aframes restored by MPFC Conservation

A-frames restored by MPF Conservation

MPF Conservation

The Monterey furniture within the Chateau is unique. It was constructed by the Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles and is all hand-made, mostly from Oregon alder wood. Each of the craftsmen had their own design, generally a floral pattern, which they painted on many of the pieces they made.

Conserving and Restoring the Monterey Furniture

After all these years the designs have either faded or been eliminated during refurbishing. MPF Conservation currently conserved and restored Mason Monterey Furniture from the Oregon Caves National Monument and it since has been returned to the Oregon Caves Chateau. The curatorial staff of the National Park Service (NPS) has been working toward the preservation and reparation since the NPS became the owners of the collection. Collection surveys outlined the basic damage to the collection prior to the NPS ownership.

Find out more information on MPF's website.

You can also find out directly the status of the furniture here:
Informal Update #1: Excavation, pd 601 KB
Informal Update #2: Finish, pd 634 KB
Informal Update #3: Reupholster, 1082 pd

Did You Know?

Old growth trees at Oregon Caves National Monument

Fire suppression on the Monument for the past century changed the environment of Oregon Caves. It reduced the amount and altered the chemistry of the water entering the cave.