Government Indian School

The Government Indian School, also known as the B.I.A. School and later the City Multipurpose Building, is a historic school building in Haines, Alaska. The building is a 1+1⁄2-story wood-frame structure, 71 feet (22 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide, built in 1906. It is basically a Cape Cod style structure, an unusual form for Southeast Alaska, and an unusual sight when it was built. About 1/3 of its interior provided living quarters for the schoolmaster, and there were two classrooms on the first floor, and an auxiliary finished space in the loft area that saw several uses during the building's use as a school. The building is distinctive as a rare early school building built by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, and it was the first 20th century structure built in Haines. It served as a school until 1945, after which it was adapted to other public uses. The building is currently hosting the Chilkat Valley Preschool.


The Government Indian School, also known as the B.I.A. School and later the City Multipurpose Building, is a historic school building in Haines, Alaska. The building is a 1+1⁄2-story wood-frame structure, 71 feet (22 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide, built in 1906. It is basically a Cape Cod style structure, an unusual form for Southeast Alaska, and an unusual sight when it was built. About 1/3 of its interior provided living quarters for the schoolmaster, and there were two classrooms on the first floor, and an auxiliary finished space in the loft area that saw several uses during the building's use as a school. The building is distinctive as a rare early school building built by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, and it was the first 20th century structure built in Haines. It served as a school until 1945, after which it was adapted to other public uses. The building is currently hosting the Chilkat Valley Preschool.
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