Historic Preservation Accomplishments

The City and Borough of Juneau has a long list of accomplishments in the historic preservation arena. The following is a comprehensive look at the various projects completed to date. Many projects involved state or federal agencies and may represent cooperation among other city departments, commissions, and committees.

  1. Alaska Heritage Resource Survey Sites in the Juneau Area, April 1980. This survey catalogued historic sites in the Juneau area and was the first attempt to create a comprehensive cultural resource data bank on the area.

  2. Juneau Gold Mining Sites Inventory, 1980. The inventory documents the numerous gold mining sites in the Juneau area. Prepared by the City and Borough of Juneau and the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service.

  3. Downtown Historic District Development Plan, 1981. The adopted plan examines the possibilities of a historic district in downtown Juneau. Many of its recommendations were implemented by the City and Borough of Juneau.

  4. Urban Design in Juneau: An Inventory, 1983. The report provides background information to assist in the establishment of new design standards and zoning regulations for the downtown in compliance with the policies from the comprehensive plan.

  5. Downtown Historic District, 1983. Ordinance No. 83-19 established the Juneau Downtown Historic District.

  6. Design Review Board, 1983. Ordinance No. 83-17 established the Design Review Board for project review of buildings located in the Downtown Historic District.

  7. Juneau Downtown Historic District Design Standards, 1984. The handbook serves as a guide for the Design Review Board and applicants for projects in the Historic District.

  8. City and Borough of Juneau Comprehensive Plan adopted April 1984. Policy 53 of the Comprehensive Plan states; "It is the policy of the CBJ to identify and protect historic and archaeological resources."

  9. Telephone Hill Historic Site and Structures Survey, 1984. The survey examines 13 structures located on the site of the proposed Legislative Hall. National Register of Historic Places criteria were applied to the site and all structures. Prepared for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

  10. Inventory of Historic Sites and Structures City and Borough of Juneau, March 1986. An update of the 1980 study. Additional sites and structures were added as well as a review of existing information and development of the historic neighborhood context.

  11. Starr Hill Survey, 1986. Grant funds were received to survey houses on Starr Hill. Because of limited funding the survey was reduced to six miners cabins located along Kennedy Street on Starr Hill.

  12. The Kennedy Street Mineworkers Houses/Fries Miners Cabins, 1987. Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. Placed on the register on September 8, 1998.

  13. Juneau's Historic Neighborhoods Volume One - Starr Hill, The Kennedy Street Mineworker's Houses, 1987 - A publication prepared by the Department of Community Development to share history collected on Starr Hill and encourage historic preservation.

  14. Inventory of Historic Buildings, Sites, Structures, and Objects of the Last Chance Basin Historic District, 1987. This work documented and listed historic remains of the Jualpa Mine Camp of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company.

  15. Evergreen Cemetery Historical Walk, 1987. Publication prepared by the department on the history of the development of the cemetery and selected sites within the cemetery.

  16. Alaska Magazine Intern Program, 1987 & 1988 - A program jointly sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Alaska Magazine that sponsored college students in projects that actively promote and preserve the built environment. The Community Development Department participated in 1987 and 1988.

    1. Sixth Street Survey - An Alaska Magazine Intern surveyed and gathered history on approximately 25 houses on Sixth Street. This information was incorporated into the Juneau Townsite Survey (1987)

    2. Last Chance Basin Historic District Interpretive Program - An Alaska Magazine Intern provided interpretive services which included host duties, exhibits development and assistance in the development of interpretive signs throughout the site (1988).

  17. Certified Local Government - The City and Borough of Juneau was designated a Certified Local Government in 1988. The Juneau Historic District Advisory Committee was established to review all local nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and perform other functions relating to historic and cultural resources.

  18. Mayflower School, 1988. Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and placed on the list on November 21, 1988.

  19. Juneau Townsite Historic Building Survey, 1988 - A survey of all buildings located between Second and Sixth Streets and Calhoun and Harris Streets. Approximately 85 historic buildings have been identified with various levels of historical and architectural significance. All buildings were described and architecturally classified and listed on the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey.

  20. Douglas Townsite Historic Building Survey, 1989 - Approximately 75 buildings within the Douglas Townsite were surveyed during the summer and fall 1989. All were evaluated for historical and architectural significance, architecturally classified and listed on the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey.

  21. Historic Structures Report: Jualpa Mine Camp of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, 1990. This report analyzed the state of the extant mining buildings located in the Last Chance Basin Historic District. The report included measured drawings as well as historic and current photographs.

  22. Treadwell Historic Resources Survey, 1991. This survey completed the historic buildings survey of the south end of Douglas and CBJ owned lands of the Treadwell Mining Complex. All were evaluated for historical and architectural significance, architecturally classified and listed on the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey.

  23. Juneau Dairy Farming Historic Resources Survey, 1991. This survey presented the history of dairy farming in the Juneau area. The survey includes descriptions and photographs of eight structures which remain of that era. All were evaluated for historical and architectural significance, architecturally classified and listed on the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey.

  24. Juneau’s Historic Neighborhoods Volume II - Downtown Historic District, The Builders of Downtown, 1991. With the information generated from the National Register Nomination of the Downtown Historic District this publication tells the story of the development of downtown and the people who made it all happen.

  25. Montana Creek Fish Trap, 1991. The CBJ administered a $20,000 gift from Sealaska to retrieve and preserve a 700 year old native fish trap. The trap is one of the oldest discovered on the Northwest Coast.

  26. Historic Preservation Tax Incentive, 1992. The Assembly adopted an ordinance which allows up to $20,000 of tax assessment for a period of four years for repairs and rehabilitation of historic buildings.

  27. Record Photographs of Historic Buildings, 1992. The Assembly adopted an ordinance which delays issuance of a demolition permit such that an assessment may be made as to the historic significance of the building to be demolished. The Community Development Department will then contract with a qualified photographer to have a set of record photographs taken prior to demolition.

  28. Chicken Ridge Historic Buildings Survey, 1992. This work documents the history of the Chicken Ridge Neighborhood and its buildings. It features historic and current photographs. All were evaluated for historical and architectural significance, architecturally classified and listed on the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey.

  29. Inventory of Historic Shipwrecks within the CBJ, 1992. This work documents the history of shipwrecks within the CBJ waters and features surveys of the extant wrecks. Historic photographs are included.

  30. Professional Services Grant, 1992. The CBJ received a professional services grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to prepare a rehabilitation and reuse feasibility study of the Mayflower School in Douglas.

  31. Mayflower School Rehabilitation, 1993. The CBJ rehabilitated the Mayflower School and leased the property to the Montessori School.

  32. Last Chance Basin Historic District, 1994 - Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places was approved and placed on the list on August 5, 1993.

  33. Juneau Downtown Historic District, 1994. Forty four historic buildings were included in the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places which was approved and placed on the list on June 17, 1994.

  34. Survey and Inventory of Historic Cemeteries in Douglas, Alaska, 1995. Documents the history and current condition of the ten separate historic cemeteries including the Douglas Indian Cemetery. A total of 169 grave markers were found including two small grave houses at the Douglas Indian Cemetery.

  35. Chicken Ridge Historic District, 1995. Seventy-five historic buildings were included in the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places which was approved and placed on the list on October 12, 1995.

  36. Historic Building Stabilization at Jualpa Mine Camp Historic District - Phase I, 1996. A "brick and mortar" project which renovated five windows and a door at the Compressor Building in Last Chance Basin.

  37. Historic Preservation Plan - Phase I, 1996. The first phase of the development of a historic preservation plan for the City and Borough of Juneau.

  38. Historic Building Stabilization at Jualpa Mine Camp Historic District - Phase II, 1997. A "brick and mortar" project which will place a temporary roof and begin foundation renovation on the Locomotive Repair Shop in Last Chance Basin.

  39. National Register Nomination of the Historic Cemeteries of Juneau and Douglas, 1997. A multiple property nomination for the historic Douglas cemeteries identified in a recent survey and the Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau.

  40. Historic Preservation Plan - Phase II, 1997. The second phase of the development of a historic preservation plan for the City and Borough of Juneau.

  41. Historic Building Stabilization at Jualpa Mine Camp Historic District - Phase III, 1997. A "brick and mortar" project which will complete the foundation renovation work on the Locomotive Repair Shop and renovate doors and windows on the Compressor Building and Transformer House in Last Chance Basin.

  42. Historic Preservation Promotion - The Community Development Department (CDD) initiated a number of activities promoting historic preservation in the community including the following:

    1. Historic Preservation Conference, 1985 - The CDD hosted a statewide conference on historic preservation. It featured workshops involving preparation of National Register nominations, funding sources for historic preservation and reports from Southeast communities on local preservation efforts.

    2. Preservation Awards, 1986 - Given by CBJ to recognize efforts within the Downtown Historic District to property owners for protecting their historic properties.

    3. Downtown Strut, 1987, ‘88, ‘89 - A fun run to celebrate historic preservation was sponsored for three years by the department.

    4. Walking Tour Brochure, 1987 - Sponsored the preparation of a Walking Tour brochure featuring buildings in Juneau which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

    5. Walking Tours, 1994, ‘95 - Led walking tours of the Downtown Historic District and Evergreen Cemetery.

    6. Staff Support, 1989 - Provided staff support to the House of Wickersham and Alaska State Museum for presentations to their volunteers on Juneau buildings history and historic preservation.

    7. National Register Benefits, 1989 - A brochure was developed on historic preservation, the National Register of Historic Places nomination process and the economic benefits to commercial property owners. It focuses on Juneau properties and how the preservation of historically and architecturally significant properties can benefit both community and property owners.

    8. Historic Building Recognition Contest, 1990 - A joint effort by the CDD and the Downtown Business Association was a contest during National Historic Preservation Week to identify historic buildings from photos of unique features such as cornice elements, windows, and other historic details.

 
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