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Evergreen Lake Skating and Boat House

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1993, Murata Outland Associates. East end of Upper Bear Creek Rd. and Colorado 74 at west end of Evergreen Lake

A contemporary version of rustic mountain architecture, this community center and skating and boating house is built of peeled logs, with prominent dormer windows in the gabled roof. A glass pavilion and open decks overhang the lakefront. The stone-clad cement base, wrought iron tree branch door handle, wrought iron chandeliers, raw wood interior, and massive fireplace make this a fine modern edition of the area's rustic style. The $1 million, 5,000-square-foot structure was pre-fabricated in Montana, where logs were cataloged by size and position and then trucked to Evergreen for assembly. Boardwalks extend out over the adjacent wetlands. Although elegant and of indigenous materials, this grand new facility seems less appropriate than the log Warming House (1934, CCC), so carefully and unobtrusively snuggled into the south shoreline.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Evergreen Lake Skating and Boat House", [Evergreen, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 164-165.

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