Skagway School (demolished) – Skagway AK


The city of Skagway’s website describes its now-destroyed Depression-era school:
“[The] Women’s Club raises $25,000 from Territory and $24,500 from federal Works Progress Administration to build a new school. It … [lies] behind the old one at State and 11th.”

Short and Stanley-Brown write:
“This building was constructed for grade and high school pupils from the neighboring community. In the basement are boys’ and girls’ dressing rooms, showers, and the boiler room. On the first floor are three classrooms, teachers’ room, manual training room, and a gymnasium 43 1/2 by 70 1/2 feet without a stage. On the second floor are three classrooms, a library, physics room, and administrative quarters.

The building is fireproof. The structural framing including exterior walls are reinforced concrete. The surface of the exterior walls is covered with stucco.

The project was completed in September 1938. The cost of construction was $59,671 and and the project was $63,274.”

A new school was constructed during the mid-1980s; the “main part of [the Depression-era] school [was] destroyed after 10 years of disrepair.” The school’s gym (not constructed during the Depression) is presently Skagway’s recreation center.”

Source notes
C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939). 

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 14, 2014.

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Location Info

Skagway, AK 99840

Coordinates: 59.460180, -135.30998

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