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Property Name Campbell House
Reference Number 13000129
State Alaska
County Matanuska-Susitna
Town Palmer
Street Address 1540 Inner Springer Loop, Palmer, AK
Multiple Property Submission Name Alaska's Matanuska--Susitna Valley MPS
Status Listed 04/03/2013
Areas of Significance Social history, Agriculture, Architecture, Community Development
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000129.pdf
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The Campbell House is nominated as part of the multiple property nomination for the Settlement and Economic Development of Alaska's Matanuska-Susltna Valley: The New Deal Colony Settlement in Alaska 1934-1940. It is one of the farmhouses, identified as a significant property type in the documentation. An outbuilding, a log chicken coop, one of few extant, is contributing to the property. The farmhouse is significant under criterion A for its association with the Matanuska Colony resettlement project, a New Deal social program in the mid-1930s intended to help needy people restart their lives. The Matanuska Colony project was one of about a hundred projects around the United States. It was planned to help two hundred families settle in Alaska, obtain land, and at a minimum become self-sufficient but encouraged to establish commercial agriculture. The Campbell House is one of the Colony farmhouses built from designs that were specifically for the Matanuska Colony project. The Matanuska Colony was planned and designed by an architect, David Williams, with an administrative and commercial center serving farms that radiated from it. The project is significant under criterion C for the distinctive architectural elements of the colony buildings, and for the cohesive community planning it exhibits. The Campbell House is one of the frame farmhouses. Of the 75 frame farmhouses, it is one of the very few remaining, retains defining characteristics of Colony farmhouses, and is distinguished by being at its original location and retaining its original floor plan and massing.

 

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