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Photo credit: Tania Tully, 09/25/2002
Camp (2) Greentop Historic District
Inventory No.: F-6-44
Date Listed: 10/11/1989
Location: Park Central Road , Sabillasville, Frederick County
Category: District
Period/Date of Construction: 1938
Architect/Builder: Builder: WPA, NPS laborers
Description: The Camp Greentop Historic District encompasses about 40 acres and contains 22 buildings that support overnight organized camping activities. Among the contributing buildings are the administration/office, infirmary, staff quarters, helps' quarters, craft shop/nature cabin, and storage. These serve as a hub of buildings shared by occupants of the four individual unit camps. Each unit camp is situated like a satellite group of buildings that includes a latrine and three 10-person camper cabins. Two leaders' cabins, two laundrys, and two lodges, are interspersed to serve more than one unit camp. Four unit comfort stations and a storage facility are modern, non-historic constructions. The quality, craftsmanship, and carefully articulated design of architecture and landscape architectural elements developed from 1935 to 1938 has been largely maintained, thus preserving the spirit and character in which the camp was conceived and built. Significance: All contributing buildings in the Camp Greentop park are 50 years or older and represent a single property type--public recreation. The grouping of 22 contributing buildings is intact and representative of two themes: the human and natural conservation efforts of New Deal programs, specifically RDAs, and the development of National Park Service-sponsored rustic architecture in concert with the rise of outdoor recreation, both movements of the 1930s. While not individually noteworthy, the collective buildings of this organized cabin camp represent a design harmony with the natural and manmade landscape, as well as homage to indigenous materials, vernacular styling, and a hand-crafted aesthetic.


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