Photo, Print, Drawing Longmire Community Building, Longmire, Pierce County, WA

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About this Item

Title
Longmire Community Building, Longmire, Pierce County, WA
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Price, Virginia Barrett, transmitter
Schara, Mark, photographer
Boucher, Jack, photographer
Schara, Mark, field team supervisor
Dubin, Elisabeth, field team
Wallace, Roxanne, field team
Sheppard, Damon A, field team
Dolinsky, Paul, project manager
Arzola, Robert R, project manager
Strong, Craig, project manager
Jacobson, Vicky, project manager
Columbia Cascades Support Office, National Park Service, sponsor
Mount Rainier National Park, sponsor
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  apartments
-  community centers
-  Washington -- Pierce County -- Longmire
Latitude / Longitude
46.746593,-121.810741
Notes
-  See also HABS No. WA-220, Mount Rainer National Park, Rustic Furnishings.
-  Significance: To accommodate the growing number of visitors arriving by automobile, Tomlinson undertook the construction of the Longmire Public Auto-Camp from 1924-27. The focus and crowning achievement of the Camp was the Community Building (originally Community House), completed in 1927. The Community Building was designed by Thomas C. Vint, chief architect of the NPS Western Division of Plans and Designs in San Francisco, and was intended to serve as the social activity center at Longmire for both visitors and NPS employees. $3000 was appropriated for the building's construction. As constructed, the Community Building is T-shaped in plan. The front block, measuring approximately 63' x 33' in plan, houses the community room. The two-story rear wing, measuring approximately 37' x 29', contains auxiliary spaces to the community room and an apartment on each floor. The building's foundations consist of concrete footings faced with glacial boulders. The floors are supported by wood joists. The walls consist of 2 x 6 woodstuds covered with wood sheathing. Sawn log slabs are applied to the exterior walls, horizontally along the length of the walls, and vertically in the corners and between the windows on the front facade. Board-and-batten siding covers the northeast wall of the rear wing. Whole-log rafters support the steeply-gabled roof, which is shingled with wood shakes. Shed dormers at the rear wing accommodate the windows of the second-floor apartment. The peak of the rear wing falls approximately 5'-5" below that of the front block. The interior walls of the community room are sided with horizontal log slabs, in a manner similar to that of the exterior. Six pairs of enormous log posts in the community room support three whole log trusses of a hybrid scissors/king post design, which rise to 30' above the floor at their peak. Purlins spanning between the trusses support the rafters. A large stone fireplace occupies the northeast gable end. A semi-octagonal bay extends from the southwest gable end. A shed-roofed porch at the building entrance is supported by whole-log posts, beams, and rafters. Although the Longmire Public Auto-Camp was closed in the 1970s, the Community Building continues to serve as the principal site for meetings, lectures, and training classes in Mt. Rainier National Park. Considered an outstanding example of rustic park architecture, it is a contributing structure in the Longmire Historic District. The Longmire Community Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N300
-  Survey number: HABS WA-222
-  Building/structure dates: 1927 Initial Construction
-  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 87001338
Medium
Photo(s): 14
Measured Drawing(s): 9
Photo Caption Page(s): 2
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS WASH,27-LONG,4-
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
wa0660
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Language
English
Online Format
image
pdf
Description
Photo(s): 14 | Measured Drawing(s): 9 | Photo Caption Page(s): 2

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Mark Schara, Elisabeth Dubin, Roxanne Wallace, Damon A Sheppard, Paul Dolinsky, Robert R Arzola, et al., Schara, Mark, and Jack Boucher, photographer. Longmire Community Building, Longmire, Pierce County, WA. Longmire Pierce County Washington, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/wa0660/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Schara, M., Dubin, E., Wallace, R., Sheppard, D. A., Dolinsky, P. [...] Mount Rainier National Park, S., Schara, M. & Boucher, J., photographer. (1933) Longmire Community Building, Longmire, Pierce County, WA. Longmire Pierce County Washington, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/wa0660/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographers by Schara, Mark, and Jack Boucher. Longmire Community Building, Longmire, Pierce County, WA. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/wa0660/>.

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