41 Places To See Fairbanks' Past
Walking Tour Points
In 1933, the city built a new city hall on the corner of Cushman Street and 4th Avenue. The two-story concrete building is a good example of a modernized Classical Revival design. The building was used as the Fairbanks City Hall until 1995 and for many years also housed the fire and police departments and town jail. The building now houses the Fairbanks Community Museum, administered by a local nonprofit organization and featuring Alaskana… ...more
The building now known as Co-op Plaza was once the Empress Theatre. Its construction in 1927 caused a furor because it was the town’s first structure to be built of reinforced concrete, and people believed that concrete would crumble in the cold Fairbanks winter.
The Lacey Street Theatre, one of a series of Art Deco buildings in Fairbanks, anchors the area between Cushman and Lacey streets. Its construction coupled with two public buildings, the old Federal Building and Main School, changed the downtown streetscape of the old gold rush town in the 1930s. It was built in 1939 by Austin E. Lathrop, owner of a string of movie theaters. In a 1966 fire, the interior of the building was extensively damaged… ...more
All 50 states are represented by their state flag on this concrete and steel bridge built in 1917. Festival Fairbanks, Inc. and the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, both local community organizations, raised the flags to commemorate Alaska’s 25th year of statehood in 1984. The first bridges in that location were temporary wooden constructions that were destroyed every year by the powers of spring breakup. Open to the public.
The idea of this downtown plaza stemmed from a celebration of the silver anniversary of Alaska’s statehood in 1984. Through the work of Festival Fairbanks, Inc. ’84 Director, William R. Wood, the Fairbanks City Council supported the creation of the Golden Heart Plaza. Construction was completed in 1987 and funded by donations from Fairbanks citizens, families, businesses, and associations.
The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks has brochures, maps, free WiFi and telephone, daily lodging availability, and local walking and driving tours. Serving as the regional visitor facility, the friendly and knowledgeable staff have answers to all your questions.