16 Court Street
A Historical Back Ground of Alaska Hall, PLP
The PLP undertook the massive job of
restoring and renovating Alaska Hall as the major event
marking its Silver Anniversary in 1989. The building had
been physically unchanged since the Working Menís Aid and
Helping Society built it in 1896 in conjunction with the
Ladies of Industry for their Lodge room.
The Central Committee of which he was
a member assigned Mr. Charles Daniels, an experienced
building designer, responsibility for the project. He was
given a clear directive by the Central Committee that the
renovation should restore and preserve the glorious
historic features of Alaska Hall while at the same time
enhance the building with the latest in building with the
latest in building technology and design.
The estimated cost of the project was
half-a million dollars. Mr. Daniels assured the Party that
the restored Alaska Hall would be an excellent
representation of all that it had meant to the working
class people of Bermuda since the late 19th
Century, and it would take the PLP well into the 21st
Century as the excellent home it deserved.
Dedicated members of the Party were
generous in forthcoming with the ideas, expertise and
other equity labour required to get the project underway.
Mr. Reginald Burrows and his wife stepped forward to
provide mortgage money, and in so doing saved the Party
thousands of dollars, which it would otherwise have had to
Acquisition of Alaska Hall in the
first instance was facilitated through the good offices of
Mr. Cecil Frith, the senior surviving Trustee of the
property. He was the leading Undertaker in the country at
the time. The purchase was enabled through a gift from Mr.
George Hasslacher , a Frenchman who upon winding up his
affairs in Bermuda gave the PLP his Shares in Kirkland
Savings & Loan ( the precursor to the now defunct Bermuda
Provident Bank). They were used as collateral to finance
the initial mortgage.
Courtesy of Mr. Ira Philip
Last Updated: June 2003