National Park Service officials have decided what the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park will look like after fire nearly destroyed it last year.
Although there were many designs on the table, the NPS is recommending rebuilding the chalet dormitory in the same place, with its original rock walls.
“It's very exciting that we have a design, and it's the design that I think most people thought about when they thought about what Sperry was going to look like, with overwhelming public comment to retain the walls and to bring Sperry back for the next 100 years in a very similar fashion to how it was built in the early 1900s," said Doug Mitchell, the executive director at the Glacier National Park Conservancy.
The NPS released an environmental assessment that’s open for public comment. A community meeting will be held April 23 at Flathead Valley Community College to answer any questions.
“Public comment is critical, I mean, think about the history we’re making together, and the best way to do that is by having as many people share their ideas (and) their concerns about the design, their hopes and aspirations for what it might look like and how it might impact the Glacier Park experience,” said Mitchell.
Glacier National Park is expecting the federal government, through the NPS, to pay for the reconstruction. The cost has not been pinpointed yet, but park officials estimate it will be between $8 million and $12 million.