Sunday, May 13, 2012

N.C. Company warehouse in Fairbanks--Gone in the name of progress

Some people say there are two seasons in Fairbanks--Winter and Construction. We are now entering construction season, and work is commencing on improvements to Illinois Avenue and the approach to the new Barnette Street bridge across the Chena River. To make the project viable, several old buildings were demolished, including the one in the foreground of this drawing.

It was an old warehouse constructed in 1905 by the Dominion Commercial Company and bought several years later by the Alaska Commercial Company (later re-named Northern Commercial Company). I did a post on the N.C. Company warehouses a week or so ago, but I came across this drawing and thought it was worth putting up.

Its a shame the old warehouse had to go, especially considering that the N.C. Company store across the river was torn down in 1991 to make way for a parking lot. Yeah, progress!

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