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Chisel Building

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1916. Second and Main streets

An unusual poured concrete structure, the Chisel Building was constructed in 1916 by a merchant, Joseph H. Chisel. Chisel mixed and poured his own concrete, devising a system of temporary ramps. The three-story building is rough finished but ornamented by inset panels above the windows, a belt course between the first and second stories, and concrete dentils at the cornice. The upper stories housed a hotel and the first floor Chisel's store, with a mezzanine level. An idiosyncratic venture, the building is still a landmark in town.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Chisel Building", [Haines, 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, 167-167.

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