Alaska Fish House gets architectural award

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007

KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Fish House building at Thomas Basin has been recognized by the Alaska chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a top award.

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Millard + Associates received the top statewide architecture award for designing the building, which opened in the spring of 2006. The main level has a café that serves locally caught seafood and the upstairs houses a small private dining room.

The company received the award this month.

"We're very excited to be honored. There were many large projects that we went up against and we're glad that people like small wood buildings and that they can appreciate nicely crafted wood buildings," said principal architect Linda Millard.

"It is only 726-square feet and it has a big presence and it catches your eye," Millard said. "I think the fact that it expresses so much with so little space is good and it evolved from traditional cannery buildings and waterfront buildings."

Owner Chuck Slagle said the Alaska Fish House is the first phase of his company's project to construct buildings based on Ketchikan's maritime history and seafood culture in the area.

Slagle said his wife, Deby, worked closely with the architects researching canneries and historic photos of Ketchikan to find an authentic look for The Alaska Fish House.

The other members of Millard's architecture team on the project were Morgan Barry and Hilary Koch.

The honor award is the highest award from the organization and is judged by another state's AIA chapter. The AIA Minnesota chapter judged the Alaska awards this year.

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