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Lake Bemidji State Park
Descriptions of Selected Resources

Minnesota state parks contain a variety of historic properties. These images are representative of the Rustic Style historic resources built in Minnesota state parks.

Click to see larger image of Shelter at Lake Bemidji State Park Shelter Building
Builder: NYA
Architect: H. Neilsen & Pfeifer
Date: 1938-39

The Shelter Building is a T-shaped structure constructed with peeled logs with saddle-notched corners resting on a stone-faced concrete foundation. The main area of the shelter is 44' x 24' with a 12' by 16' projection to the rear for the kitchen. Both sections are covered with intersecting gable roofs. The main entrance features an 8' by 16' porch with a projecting shed roof supported by log posts.

The main shelter area features a massive centrally located split rock fireplace with an 84" split log mantel. A segmental arch caps the opening. Bolster logs support a massive truss system also constructed with logs. The kitchen area still retains four original cast-iron wood cook-stoves, which are placed in the rear wall of the fireplace. A 12" recess in the masonry above the stoves is supported by a series of corbels. The building retains its original plank doors and casement windows.

Except for minor changes in execution, the shelter is identical to one built at Lindbergh State Park.

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