City and Borough of Juneau
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Juneau, Alaska 99801
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CDD - Historic Sites & Structures

220 Front Street

AHRS#:
JUN-179
CBJ#:
A-24
Year Built:
1939
Location:
220 Front Street
Architectural Style:
Art Deco
Architect/Contractor:
unknown
Historic Name:
20th Century Gross Building
Historic Use:
commercial
Date Local Designation:
Date National Register Designation:
17-Jun-94
Historic Integrity:
preserved/ contributing
Historic Period:
Peak Gold Mining Era 1921-1944
Parcel Number:
1C070A030030
Neighborhood:
Juneau Downtown Historic District

Additional Information

General Description

This is an irregular-shaped, five-story reinforced concrete building measuring 50' x 170'. It has a partial concrete basement, a renovated penthouse, a flat roof and a concrete sidewalk canopy. There are storefront windows on the first level with double hung windows on the other floors. Fluting with decorative chevrons is at the top of the front facade. The building has hardly been altered over the years.

Historical Information

Located within the Juneau Downtown Historic District, structure was originally constructed for W.D. Gross, a pioneer in Alaskan films and movie theaters. The theater housed the first pipe organ in an Alaska movie house moved from its original location in the Coliseum Theater to the Gross's new theater in 1939. It was rebuilt is now installed in the 8th floor lobby of the State Office Building.




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