Federal Building – Anchorage AK

City:
Anchorage, AK

Site Type:
Federal Facilities, Post Offices, Federal Courthouses

New Deal Agencies:
Federal & Military Operations, Treasury Department

Started:
1939

Completed:
1941

Designer:
Gilbert Stanley Underwood

Contractor:
Timothy McCarthy

Marked:
Yes

Description

“Constructed almost twenty years before Alaska became the forty-ninth state, the Federal Building in Anchorage symbolized the U.S. government’s commitment to the economic growth and development of the territory. Providing residents with a post office, courthouse, and other federal services, it was the first large federal building constructed in Anchorage.” (U.S. General Services Administration)

“The building housed every federal agency with an office in Anchorage, and tenants included the Civilian Conservation Corps, the United States Department of the Interior, the Signal Corps, and the Alaska Railroad. In order to accommodate all of them, the building expanded several times. The first wing extension, completed in 1940–1941, closely followed the original construction and housed the post office.” (U.S. General Services Administration)

The modern cast concrete facility was completed in 1940 and additions begun to enlarge the building that same year, utilizing a $100,000 grant in addition to the original approved expenditure of $825,000.

Source notes

Big Federal Building for Anchorage. (November 29, 1938). The Alaska Miner, p. 12.

Col. Ohlson assures railroad layoff will not be Alaska burden. (August 22, 1939). The Alaska Miner, p. 12.

Anchorage Building. (November 6, 1939). Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, p. 3.

Gov. Gruening outlines projects and plans for betterment of Alaska. (May 13, 1940). Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, p. 4.

Haycox, S. (2002). Alaska: An American Colony. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Federal Building, Anchorage, AK. US General Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.gsa.gov/portal/ext/html/site/hb/category/25431/actionParameter/exploreByBuilding/buildingId/186

Site originally submitted by Susan C. Allen on January 1, 2015.

Location Info


605 West Fourth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Coordinates: 61.218935, -149.894901

Site Details

Total Cost
$925,000.00

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