Buckey O’Neill Cabin

Buckey O’Neill Cabin

This project has been honored with a 2019 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, as presented by the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office. 

The Buckey O’Neill Cabin, individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located just feet from the rim of the Grand Canyon. Built circa 1890 by a key figure in both Arizona State and US National history, it is one of the earliest examples of adaptive reuse of an historic structure.

A multi-disciplinary partnership, including Loven Contracting’s Historic Preservation Team, was formed with the following goals:

  • To ensure the integrity of the cabin for the next 129 years and beyond;
  • To return the cabin to a condition reflective of its appearance in 1935, when it was purchased by the Fred Harvey Company and incorporated into the Mary Colter-designed Historic Bright Angel Cabins and Lodge Complex;
  • To complete this preservation in a manner worthy of an important state and national landmark, utilizing best-in-class information, analysis, and construction techniques, while adhering to NPS Historic Preservation guidelines.

The team undertook an extensive preservation process, including painstaking materials matching, modification of contemporary tools to more accurately replicate the marks made by Buckey O’Neill during the original construction, and diligent documentation of every step to ensure accuracy. The result is truly exceptional. Loven Contracting is honored to share in the stewardship of this national icon, preserving it for future visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park.