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Jacob Berger House

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1904. 41 Second Ave. East

Probably the first two-story house on the Bering Sea coast, the house was built for Jacob Berger, a Jewish miner who made three rich strikes in the area. He sent away for architectural plans, building materials, and furnishings, and completed the house in 1904. The hip-roofed, one-and-a-half-story building has a two-story square tower in the center of the front, topped by a pyramidal roof. The wood-framed building is covered with clapboards on the first story and wood shingles on the second. From 1945 to 1958, it was the home of Sally Carrighar, a naturalist and ethnographer who wrote several books about Alaska.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Jacob Berger House", [Nome, 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, 269-269.

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