September 23, 2016
Laura Pramuk 503-668-1791 Raven Reese 503-668-1776
Tilly Jane A-Frame aka “Ski Warming Hut”
Tilly Jane Restoration Project Celebrates Preservation 50
Mt. Hood, OR – The Mt. Hood National Forest and the Portland Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club (ONC-PDX) partnered to restore the historic Tilly Jane A-Frame. This restoration project is yet another undertaking that’s been completed this year on the Mt. Hood NF in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), signed into law in October of 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson. The act established the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeology in order to ensure future generations a genuine opportunity to enjoy our nation’s rich heritage.
The Tilly Jane A-Frame – previously known as the Ski Warming Hut – was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930s, serving as a mountain retreat and basecamp for the American Legion. In 2009 the ONC-PDX assumed responsibility for the maintenance of the Tilly Jane A-Frame, operating under an agreement with the Forest Service. Visitors can make reservations to stay overnight in the A-Frame, as it is a popular spot for recreationists. The ONC-PDX focuses on continuous general maintenance of the structure, which is also included within the Cloud Cap National Historic District.
Volunteers helping with the restoration
Changes made to the structure in the 1970s extended the lifespan of the building, but did not adhere to historic standards. The Forest Service funded $10,000 towards this year’s restoration of Tilly Jane, with the work being centered around removing non-historic concrete anchors on the exterior of the A-Frame and restoring the original boulder anchors on the south side of the structure. More than 20 volunteers replaced the previously spliced buttress/rafters and replaced the deteriorated buttresses/rafters on the north side of the structure. This effort is a significant step towards bringing the warming hut back to its original construction design.
ONC-PDX was organized in 1968. The nonprofit organization, which primarily focuses on winter snow sports, promotes participation in and understanding of the values of outdoor recreation. During the winter the club sponsors numerous overnight trips to destinations throughout the Northwest and beyond, and organizes day tours to Mt. Hood and SW Washington. In the summer volunteer work parties care for and improve local ski trails. For more information on the Oregon Nordic Club or this project, please contact Mt. Hood NF historian Allie Wenzl at 503-668-1726 or go to the ONC-PDX website at http://new.onc.org/tilly-jane-a-frame/.
In celebration of the NHPA, “Preservation 50” projects have been occurring all around the country in national parks and forests. The Forest Service manages more than 380,000 recorded cultural resources on national forests, grasslands, and prairie for public use. Mt. Hood NF contains over 2,000 cultural sites, such as Timberline Lodge, which are visited by more than one million visitors a year. The Forest Service is committed to preserving cultural resources, as referenced in NHPA: “the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people.”