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Dorothy Page Museum (Wasilla Community Hall)

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Wasilla Community Hall
1930–1931. 323 Main St.

When a Swedish immigrant named Chris Stern died in 1927, he left his property to benefit the community of Wasilla, where he had homesteaded since the turn of the century. Using the funds he bequeathed, local residents built this community hall in 1930–1931, once again turning to the romanticized log cabin as the appropriate architectural expression. Remodeled in 1967 as a museum and visitors' information center, it was named the Dorothy G. Page Museum in 1989 and devoted to local history.

The one-story building measures 30 feet by 50 feet and is constructed of round logs, square notched at the corners. A one-story, gable-roofed porch across the front has rustic characteristics: vertical logs with small poles as braces support the roof; the gable is not enclosed, revealing two king-post trusses; and there is a half-wall of horizontal logs.

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Author: 
Alison K. Hoagland
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Alison K. Hoagland, "Dorothy Page Museum (Wasilla Community Hall)", [Wasilla, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AK-01-SC082.

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Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 128-128.

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