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Killer Whale House

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1880s

The Killer Whale House, which features an exterior painting of two whales facing away from each other, was photographed in 1890 and remains remarkably unchanged. It is a one-and-a-half-story, wood-framed house with beveled siding and a gable front. Paired windows flank the central door. Modifications include a shed dormer, new window sash, and additions to the side. When constructed, the house was one large room, reflecting the traditional arrangement for dwellings, but partitions were added in the early twentieth century. The painting on the front was obscured in 1928, when the village was preparing to host a meeting of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, which at that time advocated the adoption of modern ways. The killer whales have been repainted in recent years.

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Author: 
Alison K. Hoagland
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Alison K. Hoagland, "Killer Whale House", [Angoon, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AK-01-SE037.

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Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 181-182.

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