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"Who knew Fairbanks was so fabulous! " Michelle

FairbanksHawt

I’ve been working on a post about architecture in Fairbanks and I’m in the midst of email conversations with two local architects but before I actually post anything on the subject I had to, as always, get some feedback from my Fairbanks peoples on Twitter.  I’m not sure what is meant by “FairbanksHawt,” but I have a feeling that it’s what my friend, sculptor Mark Fejes, refers to as “good enough for Fairbanks.”

It all began with one simple question:

  1. “
    Is the cabin the dominant architectural form in #Fairbanks? If not, then what?
    December 6, 2011 11:53:54 PM EST
  2. “
    @annekristoff That or the Conex. 😉
    December 6, 2011 11:57:00 PM EST
  3. “
    @AKbirder @RMurrayPhoto I’m trying to define the various house types here. Log cabin, storybook cottage, 50s nondescript…house. whatelse?
    December 7, 2011 12:43:32 AM EST
  4. “
    @annekristoff Def should include ATCO units. Also, DIY unfinished frame houses on pilings with Tyvek siding. @pillygoat
    December 7, 2011 12:46:21 AM EST
  5. “
    @annekristoff hmm I would say we are not known for our dominant architecture. L48ers mostly comment “what are those electrical outlets for?”
    December 7, 2011 12:47:19 AM EST
  6. “
    @annekristoff, I would say the “moron” home. Their owners continue to add more’on and more’on each summer season.
    December 7, 2011 12:48:29 AM EST
  7. “
    @phillygoat @annekristoff There are also a few igloos covered in that yellow spray-on foam. So pretty.
    December 7, 2011 12:51:55 AM EST
  8. “
    @AKbirder @phillygoat where??
    December 7, 2011 12:52:20 AM EST
  9. “
    @annekristoff Oh boy, I think there’s one near Steele Creek & Chena Hot Springs Road.
    December 7, 2011 12:53:35 AM EST
  10. “
    @phillygoat @akbirder @annekristoff there’s also the space needle house on McGrath.
    December 7, 2011 2:26:17 AM EST
  11. “
    @phillygoat @gimpi @annekristoff I have a friend that partied in that space needle man-cave, at least until the guy died falling from it.
    December 7, 2011 2:35:06 AM EST
  12. “
    @phillygoat There was a big gap between the elevator and the platform. Didn’t mix well with alcohol, sadly.
    December 7, 2011 2:38:02 AM EST
  13. “
    @phillygoat Be sure to include a permafrost house. There are several, complete with junk in the yard, on Farmer’s Loop.
    December 7, 2011 2:43:28 AM EST
  14. “
    @AKbirder @phillygoat wth is a permafrost house?
    December 7, 2011 3:05:29 AM EST
  15. “
    @annekristoff A house built improperly on permafrost that sinks into the ground as it melts from the house’s heat. All caddywompus.
    December 7, 2011 3:09:40 AM EST

More to come, including photos, in a few days.

A question in the meantime: Do you have a favorite “FairbanksHawt” house or structure?

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