Old cabin gets temporary reprieve

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 64-year-old log cabin slated for demolition was granted a temporary reprieve by Westmark Hotel management.

The current Westmark expansion project called for demolishing the cabin with aqua trim, along with neighboring buildings, to make way for a temporary construction staging area and then for an employee or overflow parking lot.

Westmark general manager Bob Harmon said the cabin has been given a two-week extension to see if anyone in the community steps forward to move it to a new location.

Tanana-Yukon Historical Society President Renee Blahuta would love to see the building saved by having it moved to an empty lot in the neighborhood, but said the society has no funds for such projects.

''It's a pioneer-type house. It has historical significance and it contributes to the cultural and historic heritage of Fairbanks,'' she said.

Fairbanks history is disappearing every day, Blahuta said.

Sixty percent of the buildings listed in the 1985 historic building directory have since been destroyed, she said.

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