Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966

"Buttoning up" barracks a success


October 31, 2019

The Port Chilkoot Company would like to extend its gratitude to those individuals who assisted with our summer project of “buttoning up” the exterior of the Barracks Building at Fort Seward. As the largest building and the architectural anchor of this historic fort, every repair project is a huge undertaking. This summer’s project involved replacing a considerable amount of lost siding and covering or restoring some of the badly damaged windows. None of this would have been possible without a matching grant from the Alaska Office of History and Archeology. We are ever so grateful for their support and their continued interest in Fort Seward of Haines. Heger Construction of Skagway did an excellent job of replacing the siding. Tom Boisvert, a window restorer from Massachusetts, and our own master craftsman, Gordon Whitermore, did a beautiful restoration of some windows. The Port Chilkoot Company also wants to acknowledge the wonderful activity the Alaska Arts Confluence and its volunteers brought to the Barracks Sculpture Garden this summer. We are encouraged that through these collaborations with supportive individuals and groups, we can save/restore this Fort which is unique only to Haines in the state.

Annette Smith, Project Manager

Port Chilkoot Company


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