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Machine Shop

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1913. Harbor adjacent to downtown

Considering Petersburg's orientation toward the sea, one of the most expressive buildings in town is a purely functional one—a floating machine shop. This odd building was constructed on a barge, putting it level with the boats whose machines it is repairing regardless of the tides. The wood-framed building has beveled siding and a bowstring-truss roof. Still a functioning machine shop, it has always been tied up at this dock.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Machine Shop", [Petersburg, 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, 197-197.

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