Alaska – Russian Bishop’s House

Situated in Sitka, this house is one of the last surviving representations of the Russian Colonial style. It was completed in 1842 when Russia still controlled the area when Sitka was once the Russian colonial capital. The Russian Bishop’s House was at the center of the Russian Orthodox Church, which was eventually closed in 1969.

The house was in a state of disrepair for a long time, with a leaky roof and rotten walls. In 1973, the National Park Service obtained the property. They restored the property for over a period of 16 years. The cheerful yellow color is definitely an improvement from the grimy look this building once had.