You are here

Captains' Hill

-A A +A
1904–1925. 1100–1400 blocks of Water St.

One interesting neighborhood because of its accommodation to terrain is Captains' Hill The houses are mostly bungalows in a variety of forms, each clinging to the cliff in its own way. The inhabitants were associated with the fishing industry, through the docks below, and many of them were Norwegian. Carl Foss, a Norwegian carpenter, is credited with building many of the houses. Although most of the buildings have been altered and none is a perfect example of a bungalow, their variety is appealing. The Norwegian community built the First Lutheran Church at the foot of Water Street in 1930.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


What's Nearby


Alison K. Hoagland, "Captains' Hill", [Ketchikan, 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, 202-202.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.