National Park Service initiates caretaking at Vancouver Barracks

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (FVNHS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is initiating important caretaking procedures to preserve and protect the historic buildings and landscape of East and South Vancouver Barracks. This caretaking includes both temporary and permanent measures aimed at preserving this recent addition to the National Park System as part of FVNHS. Caretaking is a core activity of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation and is a critical first step to preserve these extraordinary structures as the recent public master planning process unfolds. This work is essential to prepare for greater public access to the barracks. Employees from a local construction company have been implementing several temporary changes aimed at historic building preservation and ensuring building security, including plexiglass window coverings, color-coordinated door covers, and site-wide lighting repairs. For more information, click here.