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City of Seward Legislative Hist
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<br />Sponsored by: Staff <br /> <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION <br />RESOLUTION NO. 2001 -01 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE SEWARD HISTORIC PRESERVATION <br />COMMISSION, RECOMMENDING THE NOMINATION OF THE JESSE <br />LEE HOME TO AMERICA'S 11 MOST ENDANGERED HISTORIC <br />PLACES <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's America's 11 Most Endangered <br />Historic Places provides an opportunity to spotlight examples of American heritage threatened by <br />neglect, deterioration, lack of maintenance, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or <br />insensitive public policy; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Jesse Lee Home for Children was listed on the National Register of Historic <br />Places in 1995 for the critical role it played in serving the health care and educational needs of <br />Alaska's native children orphaned during a wave of devastating epidemics, and because the home <br />fostered many children who have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of fields; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, John Ben (Benny) Benson Jr., designed Alaska's flag while residing at the Jesse <br />Lee Home, and the site was honored as the location for the first official raising of the Alaska state <br />flag on July 9, 1927; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Jesse Lee Home, which has remained vacant since it was damaged by the <br />1964 Alaska earthquake, has been gutted, abandoned, and is in poor condition. A recent engineer <br />report on the condition of the building stated that the structure should be considered unstable; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Jesse Lee Home has been consistently cited by Seward residents as a high <br />priority for historic preservation, however, many residents also feel its salvation is beyond the scope <br />of a small community, and that its status as a state historic treasure and home of the Alaska flag <br />design should be recognized; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Jesse Lee Home was listed on the Alaska Association for Historic <br />Preservation's Ten Most Endangered Properties list in 1993 and 1994; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Seward Historic Preservation Plan recommends that the City continue to <br />monitor the status of the Jesse Lee Home and support efforts to save it. <br /> <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Seward Historic Preservation <br />Commission that: <br />
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