The Russian Bishop's House, once the Russian Mission Orphanage, is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark at Lincoln and Monastery Streets in Sitka, Alaska. Built in 1841-43, this log structure is one of the oldest surviving buildings of Russian America, and was one of the centerpieces of the Russian Orthodox church's efforts to spread its influence among the natives of Alaska. It was the home and administrative center of Ivan Veniaminov, the first Bishop of Alaska, later canonized as Innocent of Alaska. The house is now a unit of Sitka National Historical Park, and is administered by the National Park Service.Plan to visit Russian Bishop's House and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sitka attractions using our Sitka itinerary planner.
The Russian Bishop's House is a two-story log structure, measuring about 42x. It is divided into nine bays, each measuring about 7ft (one sazhen) square, and covered by a hip roof. The east and west ends of the building are further extended by shed-roof "galleries" that are 14ft wide, which historically provided space for stairwells, storage, latrines, and entrances.
The exterior has undergone a number of alterations since construction. The south facade was sheathed in clapboarding c. 1851, and the galleries were roofed in metal around that time. In 1887 the galleries were sheathed in board-and-batten siding. The interior was repeatedly altered over the decades, and underwent a major restoration once the property was acquired by the National Park Service 1973.
Russian Bishop's House Reviews
It's fully restored. Has a a museum section downstairs while upstairs is viewed on a guided tour. Fascinating artifacts and history . more »
This national monument had some interesting history that is best learned on a free tour offered throughout the day. There is a small museum downstairs, accessible without a tour, but the best sights a... more »
Very good source of history and displays. Well worth a visit. Guided tours of the up stairs rooms are operated at fixed times. Down stairs displays are free and accessible all day.
Very historic, and underappreciated. Please go see it and take the upstairs tour. National Park Service, free to everyone.
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