Talk on Sperry Chalet reopening is next week

February 19, 2020 11:15 AM

Glacier National Park, in partnership with Glacier National Park Conservancy, announces a public event to celebrate the reopening of Sperry Chalet. The event will take place on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell.

“The rehabilitation of the Sperry Chalet Dormitory in the aftermath of the Sprague Fire would not have been possible without some amazing support and commitment of key partners, the local community, donors, the Department of Interior, and a dedicated team of contractors,” said park Superintendent Jeff Mow.

The event provides an opportunity to hear from key individuals who were instrumental in the project’s success. It is free and open to the public.

The Sperry Chalet Dormitory burned during the 2017 Sprague Fire. Following the loss, there was an immediate effort to stabilize the remaining walls and begin preparations for rebuilding the dormitory. For two years, contractors worked under difficult field conditions to not only retain the structure’s historic integrity but also provide the best possible visitor experience for the next 100 years, the park said in a release.

The final touches to complete the rebuild will take place this spring as weather permits. Sperry Chalet will be in operation, conditions permitting, July 18 through Sept. 13.