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Old Federal Building

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1937–1938, Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Front St. and Federal Way

Completely unrecognizable under its new exterior, the Old Federal Building was constructed in 1937–1938 at a cost of $374,000. Underwood, the consulting architect from Los Angeles, designed an H-shaped building with a three-story main block and two-story projecting wings. The wood-framed building was finished with asbestos board laid horizontally to resemble shiplap siding. The exterior was otherwise unrelieved by ornament, with steel-sash windows and a flat roof.

Today, the building is covered with wood siding, with wings raised to three stories; oriels are supported on scrolled brackets. The building houses a variety of offices, while the federal offices and post office have moved across the street to a two-story, concrete building constructed in 1956.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Alison K. Hoagland
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Alison K. Hoagland, "Old Federal Building", [Nome, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AK-01-WE009.

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 269-270.

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