Pinnacles Research Lab Renovation

The Civilian Conservation Corps was instrumental in creating Shenandoah National Park and many of its iconic features, including the 105-mile Skyline Drive. During the early years of the Park, CCC camps dotted the landscape. Today, only two CCC camp structures still stand in Shenandoah National Park. One is beyond repair, but the other was converted years ago into a research facility. Today, the Pinnacles Research Facility is still used regularly by visiting researchers, volunteers, and NGOs, who use it for work space, trainings and temporary lodging.

The 1930s building is in dire need of rehabilitation, and its circa 1960s furnishings and appliances need to be replaced.

A leaky roof, deteriorating building footers, and dozens of poorly operating windows make the building energy inefficient and unappealing. In 2013, the Shenandoah National Park Trust provided $30,000 to repair the foundation and footers as the first phase of the restoration. The next phase includes window replacement, new flooring and countertops, interior and exterior paint, and appliance and furniture replacement. While the facility will not be restored to historic specifications, we will select furnishings that reflect the era. In this way, we honor the past while acknowledging the present and future uses of the facility. A wall/plaque will be erected acknowledging the CCC and the restoration project.

We anticipate a total cost of approximately $200,000.