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Commander's House, Fort Ross

Jenner, California
County of Sonoma.
Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Coast Highway 1
National Register Number: 70000150
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Congressional District: CA-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: State Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 15, 1970):
Erected in 1812, this is an excellent, rare, and little-altered example of a Russian-built log house. It is built of large hand-squared redwood timbers mortised at the corners. Fort Ross is a State Historical Landmark.

The Rotchev House, the Commander's house, at Fort Ross is the only authentic structure at the site, the rest being reproductions. While its exterior has been restored, its interior is badly in need of repair and maintenance to preserve its fragile finishes, make it water-tight, update its electrical systems to code, etc. The Park applied for a Save America's Treasures grant to accomplish this work in 2003.


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