The Illinois Department of Natural Resources selected Domokur Architects to rehabilitate group camp areas in The Pere Marquette State Park. The Pere Marquette State Park is a 192-building facility established in 1931. Composition of the three group camps includes more than 100 structures consisting of approximately 70 - 228 square foot sleeping cabins; 8 - 1,000 square foot unit lodges; 3 - 600 square foot staff houses; 3 - 400 square foot first aid buildings; 2 -350 square foot cooks cabins; 3 - 1,500 square foot dining halls; 2 - 675 square foot pool bath houses; 7 - 480 square foot restroom buildings; and, 2 - 1,300 square foot shower buildings.
The scope of work for the first phase of the project provides for addressing the rehabilitation or replacement of facilities and infrastructure associated with the Piasa, Ouatoga and Potawatomi group camp areas. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), these group camps are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The focus is to repair existing structures and facilities, following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties in close consultation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA).
Through an assessment of these facilities, a recommendation and prioritization of rehabilitation or replacement items will be determined, with design and implementation of the recommendations as funding allows.
Our team had completed the “Discovery & Fieldwork” phase of this project and was nearing completion of the Assessment phase when it placed on hold due to the state budget stalemate.