NPS Rustic Architecture

NPS Rustic Architecture

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Narrator: Jim Garrison

In 1916 the newly formed National Park Service, tasked with conserving America’s greatest landscapes, needed buildings and other amenities that appealed to tourists without spoiling the surrounding natural beauty. Landscape architects, engineers, and civic planners developed a style known as “NPS Rustic” that uses natural materials and simple designs to imitate the work of pioneer craftsmen and “achieves sympathy with natural surroundings and with the past.” The CCC and other emergency conservation workers were vital to making parks accessible to visitors, but the NPS Rustic style makes it seem as though the buildings grew right out of the ground.

  • Grand Canyon Operations Building
  • Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim


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