The oldest building in the state of Alaska and the earliest
documented log structure on the west coast of the United States is about to get
makeover, thanks in part to a federal grant. The 200-year-old Baranov Museum will be closed in January and
February in order to upgrade its electrical and fire suppression systems. KMXT's
Erik Wander has more.
Museum director Katie Oliver said funding
for the project came from a federal historic preservation grant the Baranof
received last year. Additional fundraising was required, and the museum is now
ready to begin the work.
-- (Oliver 1 25 sec "It's from a federal grant
... February for the work.")
grant came with a dollar-for-dollar match requirement, in which every dollar
from the federal program had to be matched by state and local funds. The city,
the Rasmusen Foundation and money raised from the community through a capital
fundraising drive provided the bulk of the balance of the $600,000 project.
-- (Oliver 2 7 sec "The
fundraising is still ongoing ... 90 percent complete.")
The museum was in need of an
overhaul, not only because of the age of the building, but because existing
electrical and fire suppression systems were outdated.
-- (Oliver 3
40 sec "We've really outgrown ... fairly dangerous combination.")
the fire suppression system is an advanced, water-based system, a ... necessary
in a wooden structure.
-- (Oliver 4 32 sec "It's
called a wet pipe ... heat source is coming from.")
Oliver said that Wolverine Supply
Gerneral Contractors of Wasilla will be subcontracting work out to locals. Oliver
hopes the Baranof will be ready to re-open by the beginning of March. I'm Erik