St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau earns AAHP Ten Most Endangered Grant

Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation recently announced its awards and grant recipients: Lifetime Achievement Award went to Steve Peterson, of Anchorage; the Restoration Project Award went to Don Corwin, of Skagway; and the Ten Most Endangered Grant went to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau.

The Ten Most Endangered Grant Program funds hands-on preservation work on endangered properties and serves as seed money to leverage funding from other sources. The program calls attention to threatened properties that define our great state, the people that live here and the identity that we share. The nominations for this program are submitted by individuals and organizations living throughout Alaska.

Peterson has been one of the most influential preservationists in the State of Alaska. Steve's fingerprints are on well over one hundred historic buildings and structures throughout Alaska, ranging from log cabins, caches, totems and house pits to the Russian Orthodox Churches, gold rush buildings and the 14-story Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark Mill building. Going beyond the technical aspects of his work, he has served as a mentor and teacher to over 50 historic preservation and architecture students who have interned with the National Park Service Historic American Buildings Survey and List of Classified Structures programs since 1992.

Corwin recently completed a multi-year preservation effort to repair and restore the window units on the Baranov Museum building, a National Historic Landmark in downtown Kodiak. His exceptional quality of work, commitment to sharing his knowledge, and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure all work on the building met high standards is exemplary.

Founded in 1981 as a private, nonprofit corporation, AAHP is dedicated to the preservation of Alaska's prehistoric and historic heritage as manifested in its buildings and sites. AAHP aids in historic preservation projects across Alaska and monitors and supports legislation to promote historic preservation, serving as a liaison between local, statewide, and national historic preservation groups. Additionally, AAHP publishes a quarterly newsletter and holds educational workshops.

To donate to the Grant Program or learn more about AAHP, contact Lauren Green at 907-929-9870 or visit

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