History: The Pratt Cabin was constructed in 1931-32 under the supervision of Wallace Pratt. Pratt was the first geologist for the Humble Oil and Refining Company and fell in love with the rugged beauty of the Guadalupe Mountains and McKittrick Canyon while working in the area. The cabin is built of locally quarried limestone and its most distinctive feature is its unusual limestone roof, seen above.
The limestone roof leaks in multiple places. HistoriCorps and the National Park Service have partnered to provide you with an opportunity to learn masonry preservation and maintenance techniques while evaluating and pinpointing the cause of the roofs leaks. Volunteers will learn to:
· Remove mortar without damaging the stone
· Install a waterproof roofing membrane for masonry roofs
· Set and mortar stones
When: Session 1: 9/3-9/6; Session 2: 9/10-9/14
Location & Lodging: This is a backcountry project located in the Texas Guadalupe Mountains. For both sessions, volunteers will arrive on Sunday night (the 2nd and the 9th) and stay at the Ship in the Desert house. On Monday morning, volunteers will drive from Ship in the Desert to the McKittrick trailhead. From there, volunteers will hike 2.4 miles (with gear) to the work site where they will stay for the rest of the project.
Additional Information: Camping, tools, safety equipment, and delicious meals will be provided by HistoriCorps but transportation to and from the project is the responsibility of the participant.
The project managed by a team of preservationists from Guadalupe Mountains National Park and by a HistoriCorps masonry expert. The construction team will include between four and six volunteers and an equal number of NPS and HistoriCorps instructors. Camping is allowed in the cabin or on the grounds immediately surrounding the cabin. Although previous construction experience is not required, it is encouraged.