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Rainey's Cabin

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Just west of that complex is Rainey's Cabin, a sentimental favorite. Built in 1936, Rainey's Cabin is of most interest as an example of the Rustic style, a consciously nostalgic attempt to recapture frontier Alaskan dwellings. Like such houses, this one is one story and built of log, but the similarities end there. The asymmetrical gable roof and the sheer number of windows, including an odd one with a pointed arch, are unusual, and the stone, open fireplace in the center of the living room is completely anomalous. Open fireplaces are not effective heating mechanisms, and stone was laborious to transport. Located in the midst of the concrete and high-rise buildings of the university, the cabin was built by T. S. Batchelder for the first professor of anthropology on the campus, Froelich Rainey, and his wife. It still houses an occasional visiting anthropology professor.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Rainey's Cabin", [Fairbanks, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 226-226.

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