In 2013, members of St. George’s Church began planning replacement of the roofs on both the Red Dragon (community hall/Reading Room) and St. George’s Church. The multi-phase project is well-underway and has grown to include more substantial upgrades such as a new foundation and electrical wiring upgrades to both buildings. Physical work began in 2014 and continues through 2016.
Thanks to support from Cordova’s community and many others, we now have a REAL foundation under the Red Dragon. The foundation work was completed in September 2015 by Wilson Construction (thanks for their great work AND in-kind donations too!). Carpenter Mark Casey did the “finish” work on the foundation, working through some of the cold and wet weather of winter. With the foundation secure, a new roof is in the process of being replaced this summer!!!
We are VERY fortunate to have received substantial help from National Park Service historical architects in planning the rehabilitation work. With their assistance, we applied and were awarded two grants from the Alaska Historical Commission (2014 and 2015).
The Rasmuson Foundation also awarded us a generous grant for the Red Dragon’s roof replacement. We’re very grateful for this assistance as our congregation is small in size, though strong in its support for this work. Click here to see a full list of our donations to date.
We welcome your assistance to support this capital campaign through a donation or in-kind labor!
Donations may be made online DONATE Here OR checks may be sent to St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 849, Cordova, AK 99574.
Thanks to the Cordova Historical Society sponsoring a raffle on our behalf, we sold 367 raffle tickets in 2015. The three prizes were donated so all proceeds ($3,670) benefit the Red Dragon project. Mike Adams was the First prize winner of a new kayak with paddle and lifevest (donated by Seawan Gehlbach and Andy Craig); the second prize, a queen size quilt (donated by Kay Adams) was won by Mark Casey; and third prize – a gift pack from Shoreside Petroleum – was won by Tyson Wiese.