Photo: The Capitol about 50 years ago

Images from another time

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2003

A caption that accompanied this photo in the Aug. 13 edition of the Empire mistakenly dated the historical postcard of the Federal and Territorial Building to 1940. Museum sources said the photograph was taken in the mid-1950s and produced as a postcard in the late 1950s. The postcard shows the Federal and Territorial Building before it became the Alaska State Capitol. The building was completed on Feb. 2, 1931, and formally dedicated on Feb. 14, 1931. Funds appropriated by Congress in 1911 to pay for the purchase of the Capitol site were sufficient to pay for only half of the block on which the building is located. The citizens of Juneau raised the additional money needed to buy the remainder of the site and presented the property to the government. The site and completed building represent an investment of approximately $1 million. The building provided the first permanent chambers for the Alaska Legislature.

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