Fort Stevens Guard House
About the Fort Stevens State Park Guard House
The Guard House is an historic structure that contributed to the 1971 listing of the Fort Stevens Military Reservation (in the park) to the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1911, it was used for temporary confinement of military personnel. One of three guardhouses of this style that remains in existence, it retains a high level of historic integrity. The Fort Stevens Guard house is the only one to contain original elements, such as jail cells and plumbing. For the past 30 years, it was used as a seasonal interpretive museum.
The Guard House needs extensive rehabilitation work to restore historic interior configurations, repair structural deficiencies, improve accessibility, provide an accessible restroom, add climate controls, and update the interpretive exhibits. Improvements will protect the historic materials and character of the building and repair the weather-damaged roof.
Planned improvements include:
- Repair roof structure rot and perform other maintenance, and replace the slate roof.
- Repair and repoint the bricks (joint repair) and stonework.
- Repair and restore windows and doors.
- Add landscape improvements to stop water leaks in the basement.
- Upgrade electrical connections for lighting, heating and climate controls.
Short-term visitor impact
- Draft program report completed.
- Asbestos abatement project completed.
- Roof rehabilitation project documents drafted.
- Invitation to bid for construction package.
The current general obligation bond estimate is $2-3 million.
Last updated May 9, 2023. Additional updates as information becomes available.