PUBLISHED: 5:08 PM on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Juneau Memorial Library added to National Register of Historic Places

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  The Juneau Memorial Library, which now houses Juneau-Douglas City Museum, was added to the national register of Historic Places.
Judy Bittner, State Historic Preservation Officer, received notice from the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places that the Juneau Memorial Library (now the Juneau-Douglas City Museum) was added to the catalog June 7.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of over 83,000 significant historic properties worthy of preservation.

Completed in 1951, the Juneau Memorial Library was the first major community project initiated by Juneau residents.

The local Rotary Club started the project for the community as a memorial to the men and women of the area who fought in World Wars I and II.

The building stands on a prominent location in the community, next to Alaska's state capitol and overlooking downtown Juneau.

The local architectural firm of Ross & Malcolm designed the stately reinforced concrete building incorporating Neo-Classical Revival architectural elements.

The building housed the community's library until the mid-1980s.

It is now the city's museum, continuing to be a public facility serving the community.

It has been rededicated to honor all veterans in the community who fought in the nation's wars.

On the building's lot is the Alaska Statehood Site, consisting of two flagpoles and a commemorative marker.

This site is significant as the official site of the Alaska statehood ceremony and first raising of the 49-star United States flag on July 4, 1959, and part of the National Register listing.

Information about the National Register of Historic Places program is available from the Office of History and Archaeology (OHA), Alaska Department of Natural Resources, 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1310, Anchorage Alaska 99501, phone 907-269-8721.

You can also e-mail your questions to OHA.