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Seal Island Historic District

Pribilof Islands, Alaska
County of Aleutian Islands.
National Register Number: 66000156
Resource type: District.
Property type: Historic District: Historical. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: AK-At-Large Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 13, 1962):
Seal herds on the Pribilof Islands have long attracted fur hunters: first, the native peoples of the Bering Sea area and, since the 18th century, people of many other nationalities. An international conservation agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Japan (1911) has insured the preservation of the flourishing herds on the islands of St. Paul and St. George in an important example of the principle of international arbitration.

Threats include deterioration of structures, lack of maintenance, incompatible modifications to historic seal industry buildings and demolition of several historic structures. On St. Paul, six of the ten contributing commercial buildings have been demolished. Damp and windy climatic conditions combined with years of poor maintenance have caused many historic structures to deteriorate. The application of incompatible and limited life plywood siding to some of the concrete structures exteriors and houses along with new construction continues to threaten the Landmark. Most of the historic buildings will soon be transferred to a private owner. NPS continues to provide some planning, grant review, Section 106 consultation, and interpretation assistance.

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