Construction of the USARP Chalet

Swiss chalet 2 uplifting research site

the original NSF ChaletAbove...two photos depicting the construction of the landmark Chalet in McMurdo in 1969-1970. This distinctive prefabricated structure, the main NSF office facility in McMurdo, was the first major building project completed by a prime NSF support contractor, which at the time was Holmes and Narver, Inc. (H&N). Except for site preparation by the Navy the previous year, it was successfully completed in that one summer season. The left photo is by RM3 Ken "Hogman" Trettin, a Deep Freeze 1970 winterover; the right photo is a U.S. Navy photo from the Antarctic Journal, July/August 1970. Why a "chalet?" Perhaps because it replaced NSF's "Swiss Chalet" (left) which had been erected and adorned in 1961-62 on the same site. More info about that Swiss Chalet....