Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Sheldon Jackson Museum

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Institution Name: Sheldon Jackson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Sheldon Jackson Museum
Location on Campus: College Dr.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1889original wood building Geddes, Charles
1895concrete building replaced wood frame Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: reinforced concrete structure
Walls: reinforced concrete
Roof: none specified
1889-present (2007)museum

Significance: architecture, engineering, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterSheldon Jackson School (1972)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Sheldon Jackson Museum was the first museum in the territory of Alaska and its first concrete building. The museum was commissioned by Sheldon Jackson and designed by architect Charles Geddes of Boston to house Jackson's collections. This one-story octagonal structure is an important integrated element of the Ludlow and Peabody plan.

Ownership of the museum and collection was transferred to the State of Alaska in 1983, with the stipulation that the collection would remain on campus.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Crittendon, Edwin B. Survey [Sheldon Jackson College]. [Anchorage, AK: CCC Architects and Planners], 1987-1995.

Clemens, Janet, Chris Allan, Linda Cook, Heidi Siegel, and Amanda Zeman. Sheldon Jackson School. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1972.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections
Government Offices
Other: National Park Service

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