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Red Dragon Reading Room

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Predating the church was Saint George's Mission, which soon acquired the name the Red Dragon, due to its color. The Copper River and Northwestern Railway donated the land and some money toward its construction, as well as the red paint that covered it. The second building in Cordova, it was intended as an alternative to the bars, offering a fireplace, easy chairs, books, and games. The building is simple: a one-and-a-half-story, gable-roofed structure, measuring 24 feet by 36 feet, of wood frame. Entrance is through a gable-roofed vestibule in the center of the long side. Originally one room, it was divided in 1946 to provide living quarters for the priest and a parish hall.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Red Dragon Reading Room", [Cordova, 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, 145-145.

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