Built nearly a century ago in 1913, the Gallatin House is
located in northern California's Lassen National Forest on the
southern shore of Eagle Lake. The structure originally was the
family summer home of the prominent Gallatin family for 31 years.
In 1946, it was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service and used for
administrative purposes until 1988 when the site's management was
transferred to Ronald McDonald® House Charities. Ronald
McDonald created Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake, and currently
the building serves as a summer camp headquarters for chronically
After an overabundance of exposure to extreme moisture from snow
and rain, the Gallatin House's 20-year-old roof system urgently
needed to be replaced. HistoriCorps,™ Denver, a national
initiative engaging volunteers in historic preservation projects,
was selected to supervise and execute the roof system replacement.
To maintain historical accuracy, cedar shingles were specified. A
plywood deck, Grace Ice & Water Shield,® and Benjamin
Obdyke's Cedar Breather® underlayment also were specified to
meet California fire requirements.
Work on the project was divided into two sessions with
construction teams of eight to 10 volunteers each. The first team
began work in May 2012, and the second team completed the project
in June 2012. With the new roof system, Gallatin House will
continue to serve as a safe headquarters for the children at Camp
Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake.
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