Anchorge Woman's Club to Restore Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse
Phase 1 work started May 9
The Anchorage Woman’s Club is pleased to announce the award of a $25,000 Rasmuson Foundation grant, a $10,000 Atwood Foundation grant and a $5,000 Roger Hickel Contracting, Inc. grant to complete Phase 1 of the outside repair and painting of the Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse. The Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse is located at 437 W. Third Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska. The Phase 1 work started on May 9, 2016, by Roger Hickel Contracting, Inc.
The Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse celebrated its Centennial in November, 2015. This grand building is the first schoolhouse built in Anchorage urged to construction by Mrs. Jane Mears, wife of Colonel Mears, commander of the Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC). The AEC constructed the Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse in the same architectural style used for many of the Alaska Railroad buildings, which are also still in existence in Ship Creek.
Kristine Bunnell, 2016
This distinct yellow painted building reflects the Alaska railroad heritage synonymous with the federal agency that put our great town on the map as Alaska’s largest city.
The Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse was moved to its current location in 1965, after standing through the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. The Keeper of the National Register recognized the importance of this building to the establishment of Anchorage, and approved a nomination for its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in December 1980.
The Anchorage Woman’s Club (AWC) manages and operates the Historic Pioneer Schoolhouse in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage. The schoolhouse is maintained as a rentable space for variety of events including weddings, dances, group, and community meetings. Please call 907.258.7544 for rental information.
The AWC is a national, non‐profit philanthropic organization dedicated to community service and providing scholarships to deserving students. Donations to improve and maintain this iconic structure are tax deductible.