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Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center

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1962, Linn A. Forrest. Mendenhall Loop Rd.
  • Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center (Alison K. Hoagland)
  • Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center (Alison K. Hoagland)

The first visitors' center built by the U.S. Forest Service, the dramatic, curving glass-walled facility at the Mendenhall Glacier was built according to designs by former U.S. Forest Service architect Linn A. Forrest, then in private practice. Sweeping views of the majestic glacier are enhanced by the semicircular stone-walled open area and the cantilevered, glass-walled enclosure above it. It is a classic example of the modern movement of the period responding to a dramatic setting.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center", [Juneau, 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, 178-179.

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