The House That Mather Built: The Rangers' Club at Yosemite National Park

George Jaramillo

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The first director of the National Park Service, Stephen T. Mather, proclaimed his desire to provide comfortable quarters for his rangers to the Secretary of the Interior. What form this structure would be was not known, but the earliest building would house the first group of civilian rangers to protect the lands of Yosemite National Park.
The structure in question would be known as the Rangers’ Club.The story of this structure is vast and complicated, as was the story of the man whose time and energy created it. But the clubhouse’s history is more than just the story of Stephen Mather; it is the story of a Harvard graduate, a dedicated assistant, the railroads, the U.S. Army, and borax. It would represent one of the first examples of the government’s integrating structure and landscape in a national park.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalAPT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • architectural history
  • national parks
  • rustic architecture


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