Patten Colony Farm – Palmer AK

City:
Palmer, AK

Site Type:
Forestry and Agriculture, Resettlement Communities

New Deal Agencies:
Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), Work Relief Programs

Started:
1935

Completed:
1940

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Patten Colony Farm is a historic structure representative of the farmsteads associated with the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation’s Matanuska Colony project, established by the Resettlement Administration in 1935. The complex includes a log house, two log and frame barns, a chicken coop, an outhouse, and another outbuilding.

A registration form of the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) describes the log house: “The one-and-one-half story log house was built by a colony construction crew and has an “L” shaped floor plan. A green house was added on the southeast corner around 1972. The main roof ridge runs north-south and creates a parallel orientation with the main facade. Asphalt rolled roofing covers the gable roof of the house. Originally built on a concrete foundation, a rarity among colony structures, the wall logs have been sided by hand, have lapped corner notches, and are chinked with concrete. A rear frame addition was built on the house in 1936 when the water well was dug. The Pattens used this instead of the typical, detached colony well house. This addition also has a foundation. It is faced with split logs applied vertically. Drop siding sheaths the original house gables, and horizontal planks have been used in the gable of the addition. Most of the windows are the typical double-hung, 6/6, with plain wide frames. Each gable has a fixed-pane window.

A short distance west of the house is the outhouse built in 1935. The outhouse is constructed of three-sided logs which are square notched at the corners. The outhouse roof is covered with metal sheets. Nearby is another colony building, a small chicken brood house.”

Source notes

National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Patten Colony Farm, accessed on June 19, 2017.

Wikipedia Page for Patten Colony Farm, accessed on June 19, 2017.

Site originally submitted by Brent McKee on June 19, 2017.

Location Info


Mile 39.9 Glenn Highwa
Palmer, AK Matanuska-Susitna County

Coordinates: 61.90557, -147.29951

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