Successful design in the Lakes Province will not

merely copy the buildings and structures of the

past, it will learn from them while paying equal

attention to modern needs, materials, and

sustainable technologies. Contemporary

variations on rustic design have a place in this

province. However, it will be a more refined version

of rustic with smaller dimension materials; for

example, using hewn rather than unfinished logs.

People in this province generally expect high quality

building craftsmanship, as well as more

developed and comfortable visitor facilities.


Particularly important are those elements that

make buildings welcoming, durable, warm, and dry.

Forest Service structures must provide access to

lakes and other natural features without

detracting from the setting. Initially, frontier

people and settlers were attracted to the

province’s waterways and lakefronts for

transportation and for their potential to produce

lumber, host industry, and ship goods. Today’s

populations look to the water for recreation. When

possible, orient buildings and structures in this

province toward the water and elevate them for

views and breezes.



Figure of an Administrative and visitor facility with characteristics such as:

• Hipped roofs to diminish mass and

• Broad overhangs


Figure of a restroom with characteristics such as:

• Horizontal log pattern

• Materials finished


Figure of Visitor facility with characteristics such as:

• Broad overhangs to protect wall

• Oversized, exposed structure

• Rounded logs


Figure of an Administrative and visitor facility with characteristics such as:

• Oversized log structure

• Broad overhangs

• Rounded Logs


Figure of a Bridge with characteristics such as:

• Finished materials

• Fine to moderate scale


Figure of an Interpretive facility with characteristics such as:

• Extended porch

• Vertical chimney accent

• Add high windows for additional day-lighting


Figure of a Maintenance/Storage facility with characteristics such as:

• Hipped roofs

• Day-lighting




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