November 1990: Bringing down the (crooked) house

The Crooked House

The old KNOM dormitory known (somewhat) affectionately as “The Crooked House.”

November 6, 1990

One or two swings with a sledgehammer are enough to take down entire four-foot sections of the walls of the old volunteer women’s dormitory nicknamed the “Crooked House.”

With most of the wall structure gone, Br. Ray Berube, FIC, hopes to pull over the sagging roof. However, the building is weaker than he thought, and it begins to lean perilously in the direction of St. Joseph Church, just eight feet away. Nome resident Jim West, Jr. leaps to the rescue. With a small bulldozer, he nudges the building toward an open area, and it collapses into several pieces.