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Russian Orthodox Rectory

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1881–1894, Mooser and Pissis. Mission St.
  • Russian Orthodox Rectory (Alison K. Hoagland)
  • Russian Orthodox Rectory (HABS)
  • Russian Orthodox Rectory (HABS)

In an effort to improve the living conditions of the Russian Orthodox clergy, Bishop Nestor contracted with the Alaska Commercial Company for four new priests' houses in 1880. Architects Mooser and Pissis of San Francisco drew up the plans, and the building at Kenai was constructed in 1881, although not completely finished and occupied until 1894. The Bishop's House at Unalaska ( SW015, p. 293) was constructed as part of this building program; the other two, at Kodiak and Nushagak, no longer stand.

The house is a simple rectangle in plan, 40 feet by 21 feet. The center section rises two stories, with two bedrooms on the second floor, while the rest of the building—two rooms on a side—is one story. The building is covered with a cross-gable roof. The walls are constructed of hewn logs, about 6 inches wide, covered with wood shingles. The original window sash has been replaced with single sash.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Russian Orthodox Rectory", [Kenai, 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, 119-122.

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