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October 20, 2004

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The State Capitol and Its Marble
and keeping the capital in Juneau

By June Allen



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A recent news item in the Anchorage daily paper mentioned that a group of Juneau boosters, chaired by Mayor Bruce Botelho, hope to build a new Alaska Capitol building to be leased to the state at completion. They call themselves the Capitol Planning Commission and expect to announce a nationwide design competition in November. A new Capitol building would replace Juneau's present six-story Art Deco treasure. The old six-story building, its imposing façade featuring four gracious marble columns quarried in Southeastern Alaska, is a stately structure matching the grandeur of the setting that is home to picturesque downtown Juneau.

But the still sturdy and timelessly elegant 75-year-old building obviously needs renovated and perhaps put to another use. Before that happens, there definitely is a need for a new Capitol to replace it. The historic building's age and shortcomings could very well be used as the target and political banner waved for yet another capital move effort by Anchorage area interests. But that's politics and this is a story of a building and of the region its marble adornments came from.

Alaska's Capitol building was designed and built in 1929-30 for a legislative body of only eight senators and 16 representatives who met every other year for 60 days. In those days only the third floor was occupied by the offices of the territorial governor, the lieutenant governor (called the Secretary of Alaska back then) plus the territorial auditor, treasurer and highways engineer ­ and the legislative chambers! Legislators back then ­ and even until the oil boom ­ didn't have staff, much less offices in the Capitol! - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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photosA Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders - Alaska is a state of superlatives. It is the nation's largest state. We drive past or fly over  America's highest mountain. We can visit the nation's deepest cave on Prince of Wales Island, admire the waters of our state's longest coastline and enjoy the  midnight sun's longest days. Most of us, however, will never see our superlative example of the Alaska State Gem - jade. That's because Jade Mountain, an entire mountain made of beautiful dark green jade, is far from any Alaska road system. - More...
Tuesday - October 05, 2004  

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