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CDD - Historic Sites & Structures

307 S. Franklin Street

Year Built:
307 S. Franklin Street
Architectural Style:
Early 20th Century Commercial
Historic Name:
Dispatch Building/ Gross Apartments
Historic Use:
commercial/ residential
Date Local Designation:
Date National Register Designation:
Historic Integrity:
altered/ contributing
Historic Period:
Territorial Gov
Parcel Number:
Juneau Downtown Historic District

Additional Information

General Description

The rectangular-shaped, three-story reinforced concrete building measures 40' x 40'. It has a concrete foundation, a partial basement, and a flat roof. Windows on the second and third floors are double hung. Storefront has two entrances and three fixed plate glass windows. There is a secondary cornice between the second and third floors with decorative corbels. A third floor was added in the late 1990s. Although significantly altered, the building retains the visual elements of the original front facade with a low front parapet, boxed cornices and decorative corbels. It has a sidewalk canopy.

Historical Information

Built in 1915 for E.C. Russell, Editor of the Juneau newspaper "The Daily Dispatch'. W.D. Gross, an early Alaskan film entrepreneur, purchased the building in 1920 and used it as a film exchange. Gross converted building to apartments in 1929 and retained the original exterior. A third floor was added in the 1990s.

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