Preservation efforts underway on Mormon Row historic buildings

MOOSE, Wyo. (KIFI) —The National Park Service and Grand Teton National Park Foundation are working in partnership to preserve and rehabilitate buildings at the historic Roy Chambers Homestead, which is part of the Mormon Row Historic District in Grand Teton National Park.

The Mormon Row Road will be closed from north of Ditch Creek to south of the Roy Chambers site through October for renovation activities. 

The Roy Chambers Rehabilitation Project will give new life to the unutilized buildings by converting them to employee housing. The first phase of this project began this summer and will provide new foundations for the main residence and bunkhouse buildings. The contractor will move two of the buildings off their existing foundations, remove the existing foundations, pour new foundations, then move the buildings back to their original locations on the new foundations. Rehabilitation work will continue on each of the buildings into next year, which includes exterior preservation and interior upgrades to current codes and site improvements.

The Roy Chambers house is a one-and-a-half-story historic home constructed in 1911. It retains a high level of historic integrity with original doors, windows, cabinetry and woodwork. The house is surrounded by a historic garage and bunkhouse, and cultural landscape elements including irrigation ditches, corrals and fencing. 

“This is a win-win-win project for the park as this grant enables us to continue to implement our historic buildings management plan, provide additional seasonal housing and reduce our maintenance backlog,” Superintendent Chip Jenkins said. “This is an example of the positive impact the Grand Teton National Park Foundation has in meeting multiple park objectives. We are deeply grateful for their support.” 

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established homesteads east of Blacktail Butte beginning in the 1890s. The community of Grovont was created, today known

Read the rest