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Historic cabin gets refurbished

Staff reports

A team of five from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center, under the direction of William “Chappie” Chapman, has been working on restoration of the Dextra Baldwin Cabin at the Tallac Historic Site. They have been replacing logs, sealing the building from pests and critters, reducing dry rot and generally stabilizing the building.

This is the fifth restoration project the center had done at the Historic Site over the past seven years. Funding for the project comes from the USDA Forest Service and a grant from the Dextra Baldwin Foundation through the Tahoe Heritage Foundation.

The Historic Preservation Training Center of Frederick, Md., is a group of journeymen from one of the skilled trades who are training in the methods of preservation of historic buildings. The Tallac Historic Site is on the National Register of Historic Places and everything that is replaced, due to decay or other damage, must be replaced “in-kind.” To replace a log the new log must be of the same specie, size, taper and length. The overall appearance of the building must not be altered.

The mission of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation is to help preserve and protect heritage resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin through restoration, interpretation and education and the foundation’s flagship is the Tallac Historic Site. The restoration of the Dextra Baldwin Cabin on the Baldwin Estate helps to fulfill the Tahoe Heritage Foundation mission. Other projects throughout the basin include the Angora Fire Lookout and the D. L. Bliss Lighthouse.

For more information about the preservation of heritage resources visit the Web site at http://www.tahoeheritage.org or call (530) 544-7383.

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