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Rangers' Club

  • Also Known As: See Also: Yosemite Village Historic District

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The Rangers' Club is a two-story, wood-framed structure located in Yosemite Valley across from the Valley Administration Building. Stephen T Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, employed park rangers to guide tourists and protect the park from poachers. In 1920, Mather hired architect Charles Sumner to construct a home for members of his newly organized ranger force, and it was dedicated in August 1924. It includes dormitories for unmarried rangers. Mather paid for the building out of his own pocket for $39,380 (excluding furniture). It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985 for significance in the development of the National Park Service Rustic architecture style and is still in use today as a home for seasonal rangers. The Rangers' Club was constructed in the newly emerging National Park Service Rustic Style. This style of architecture became a cornerstone of the National Park Service's belief that buildings should blend with their natural surroundings and that natural settings should influence architecture. - NPS

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Rangers' Club


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Charles K Sumner Architect

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Particulars for Rangers' Club:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Conservation
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Institutional housing
Level of Significance Local
Level of Significance National
Other Description Rustic chalet

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 28th May 1987

Registry Name: Rangers' Club
Registry Address: Yosemite Valley
Registry Number: 87001414
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Federal
Architect: Sumner,Charles
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Rustic chalet
Area in Acres: 4
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National; Local
Area of Significance: Conservation, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1920
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Institutional housing
Current Function: Domestic, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Institutional housing Park

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