Rebuilding of historic Sperry Chalet underway

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 12:20:48-04

WEST GLACIER – Crews are starting the process of rebuilding the historic Sperry Chalet which burned during last summer’s Sprague fire in Glacier National Park.

Dick Anderson Construction will begin by constructing temporary platforms for crew sleeping facilities. This summer’s work will include new foundation work to stabilize and level the interior structure, with the ultimate goal of supporting a roof.

Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley says that once the foundation has been built the main work will include seismic stabilization through the construction of the interior walls, floors, and roof framing.

The roof constructed this summer will be a temporary membrane to protect the structure through the 2018-2019 winter. 

Materials will be delivered via helicopter and mule train to support reconstruction activities and construction work is expected to last through the end of October.

The Sperry Chalet Dining Room will begin operating to serve construction crews and visitors to the area. Lunch and a la carte services are available from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Breakfast and dinner will be available to the public via reservation by calling (888) 345-2649.

Additionally, Swan Mountain Outfitters will offer horseback rides to the chalet on a limited basis.