Museum Memories: Oct. 21, 2017

The Windsor Hotel

The Windsor Hotel stands as a sentinel at the corner of Second and Browning streets on a snowy Cordova morning. Originally known as the “Burke,” the structure was built by Miss L.A. Burke and at the time of its construction in 1908 was the largest and most costly building in town.

It was steam heated and had electric lights throughout with suites of rooms each furnished with baths, hot and cold water and all the conveniences found “in the most modern up-to-date house in the largest cities.”

This was the 14th hotel Miss Burke opened; the unlucky 13th one was located in Fairbanks and unfortunately burned to the ground.

The Windsor Hotel stood proudly (where the US Forest Service parking lot now is) for years until it was abandoned and torn down in the ’70s.

This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.  

Join us for the opening of our new travelling exhibit in the Copper River Gallery, “Harry Potter’s Magical World.” The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with Potter-related snacks, activities and wand dueling!


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