Jerzy ShedlockThe Columbia Wards Fisheries Warehouse, built in 1922, at Kenai Landing is being deconstructed. The materials will be used in local facilities, such as the Dena’ina Wellness Center. Deconstruction is about 50 percent complete.
A former cannery worker likely left this signature, and he wasn’t the only one. Names and dates crowd the warehouse’s structural beams on its top floor.
The wooden warehouse erected nearly a century ago is being deconstructed; its materials sold off to interested parties. Many people buying the high-quality old growth Douglas fir, which was used to construct the warehouse, are former workers, said Steve Agni, Kenai Landing, Inc.’s project manager.
Deconstruction of the building is about halfway complete. The wood is being used in meaningful ways, with a large portion remaining on the Kenai Peninsula due to a purchase from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.
Jerzy ShedlockKenai Landing, Inc.’s project manager Steve Agni points out a signature left behind by a former cannery worker. Names and dates crowd the building’s structural materials on the top floor. The mouth of the Kenai River is visible through the window.