The Log Cabin – Alwood House was been evaluated under Parks Canada’s Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Policy as a Level II resource and was designated as “classified” by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO). The significance of the Alwood House resided in the rustic nature of its materials and construction, in the history and evolution of its usage as evoked by interior features and fixtures, and in the utilitarian quality of its site. It was the only remaining log cabin for residential use”.
The intent of this project was to rehabilitate the foundation, wall logs, windows, doors, roof and super structure only. All construction documents and specifications prepared followed the principles of Cultural Resource Management and FHBRO policy with respect to restorative approach towards materials, techniques and protective measures.
A Historic Structures report (1995) established that the log cabin was experiencing considerable deterioration of its structure, foundation and exterior materials. The parameters of design required that the structural components meet the requirements of both the National and Alberta Building codes and the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Therefore, the intervention had to be planned and designed to discreetly incorporate the preservation work in order to retain the historic character of the resource. In order to achieve this goal the structure was temporarily relocated while the new foundations were set. The log cabin was placed on raised wood cribbing and covered with a tent structure to protect the cabin during the restoration process.
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