Crew Completes Stabilization Efforts of Sperry Chalet Before Winter

The exterior rock walls of the structure built in 1914 survived the fire

By Dillon Tabish
Crews work to stabilize the remainder of Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. Courtesy National Park Service

MISSOULA — The efforts to stabilize the remains of a historic Montana dormitory that was severely damaged by an Aug. 31 wildfire are done.

The Missoulian reports that a 10-person national park crew was flown from the Sperry Chalet hotel building on Monday after working for two weeks to brace the structure in a race against winter conditions.

The exterior rock walls of the structure built in 1914 survived the fire, which completely burned out interior floors and the roof. Outlying buildings including the kitchen, dining room and utility cabin also survived the blaze.

The Glacier National Park Conservancy covered the cost of stabilization efforts by raising $111,200 from private donors. The remaining funds will be set aside to pay for work specific to the Sperry Chalet next year.

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