Building profiles

Gruening Building

1747 South Chandalar Drive

Gruening Building

Photo by JR Ancheta, UAF University Relations

The Ernest Gruening Building, dedicated in May 1972, is an eight-story, 72,000-square-foot structure and the first building on campus more than three stories tall. It was designed to resemble the FBI office building in Washington, D.C.

The Gruening Building houses many departments in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Education and academic advising.

Ernest Gruening was born in New York City in 1886. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1912 but never practiced medicine. He discovered a love for journalism and joined the Boston American as a reporter immediately after graduation. From 1938 to 1942, Gruening was a member of the Alaska International Highway Commission. In 1939, Roosevelt appointed Gruening territorial governor of Alaska. He served 14 years as governor and made statehood his personal campaign.

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