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Lac qui Parle 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 Lac qui Parle Model Shelter Model Shelter
Builder: WPA
Architect: Petersen & Nielsen
Date: 1940-41

The Model Shelter is a 65'8" x 29'6" rectangular structure covered with a hip roof. The walls consist of random ashlar masonry rising to a height of 4' with rough board and batten siding placed above. The building may be entered through three 6' openings located on both principal facades or 7' openings on the side walls. All openings are capped with 10" x 10" wooden lintels and are flanked by posts of the same dimension with brackets.

The building was constructed to house a relief map cast in reinforced concrete of the Minnesota River Valley and the Lac qui Parle Flood Control System. The model is 50' long and 2'8" high and consists of an 18' section, 10' wide, which tapers to an 8' wide section, 32' long. The model rests on a concrete footing and a rubblestone foundation wall faced with a stone veneer. The area immediately beneath the model is filled with sand. The model was cast in several sections.

The interior walls are covered with random widths of shiplap siding. Wooden benches which rest on stone supports are built in all four corners of the building. The roof is supported by 2" x 8" rafters with 2" x 6" collars beams, 4' on center.

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