Historic Structures Database

Federal and Territorial Building/ Alaska State Capitol Building

Location: 120 4th Street

AHRS#: JUN-191

CBJ#: B-30

Parcel#: 1C070A190010

Year Built: 1931

Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Revival

Architect/Contractor: James A. Wetmore, Supervising Architect for the federal government/ N.P. Severin Company of Chicago, contractor

Historic Name: Federal and Territorial Building/ Alaska State Capitol Building

Historic Period: Peak Gold Mining Era 1921-1944

Historic Integrity: preserved

Neighborhood: Juneau Townsite

Date of Local Designation: Not Designated

Date of National Register Designation: Not Registered

View 1 - Federal and Territorial Building/ Alaska State Capitol Building,120 4th Street
View 2 - Federal and Territorial Building/ Alaska State Capitol Building,120 4th Street

Additional Information

General Description

A five-story, brick faced reinforced concrete structure on the upper stories and Indiana limestone on the lower level. It has a concrete foundation and the walls are brick and limestone. Interior trim utilizes light and dark Tokeen marble from quarries of Tokeen, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Features include limestone pilasters, a monumental portico with four granite columns of the Tuscan order and a stone balustrated parapet with plain entablature. There are decorative metal transoms over the main entry doors.

Historical Information

Completed on February 2, 1931, the building known than as the Alaska Territorial Capital Building was partially built with subscriptions from the people of Juneau. The U.S. Government appropriation for the construction of the building did not include site acquisition. In 1911 the federal government purchased the northern half of Block 19 from the Presbyterian Board of Missions. Juneau residents purchased the southern half of Block 19, and donated the property to the federal government. Construction was completed in 1931. The Alaska Statehood Act, 1958, transferred ownership of the building from the Federal Government to the State.

Historic Use

public/ government


Juneau Townsite Building Survey, City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska, September 1988

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