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Quonset Huts

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late 1940s. 100½ West Cook, and 208½, 224½, and 240½ East Cook

After the Second World War, two types of prefabricated houses that were declared surplus by the government were moved to Government Hill. The quonset hut, a corrugated-metal building widely used during the war, was one of these. The Alaska Railroad moved quonset huts onto the rear of lots, intending that they serve as temporary housing while more conventional houses were constructed on the front of the lots. More than 120 quonset huts were moved into this neighborhood. At least six survive today, and four are still used as houses. All have vestibules added on the front, and some have additions in the rear.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Quonset Huts", [Anchorage, 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, 102-103.

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