Built in 1907 by William Sauers, the Sauerdough Lodging building has served many purposes over the years. It originally housed the Seward Commercial Co. general store, with a town meeting hall upstairs. During the Roaring ’20s, the building was used as a brothel. It is presently the home of The Sea Bean café downstairs and our charming rental apartments upstairs. Our five apartments are beautifully restored, with original hardwood floors, clawfoot tubs, original built-in cabinetry, high ceilings and vintage kitchens with modern appliances. In a town that was hit hard by the 1964 earthquake, few original buildings have stood the test of time, and fewer still feature such comfortable accommodations. We offer our guests the unique opportunity to experience Seward’s history without sacrificing any of the conveniences you expect while traveling. Inspired by the artwork of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), an American artist who lived on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay during 1918 and 1919, we have chosen to name each of our apartments after one of his drawings. Kent published a memoir of his Alaska experience, Wilderness, in 1920, and the drawings we have chosen are taken from this book.
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- Seward Commercial Company
- Seward Commercial Co.,
Interior view of three men standing by store counter, shelving, and display cases; E.W. Young standing at left, William Sauers at right.
Corporate Name: Seward Commercial Company Location Seward (Alaska)
- Loaded Dog Sleds
- A Group of men with two loaded dog sleds stand in front of the Seward Commercial Company and Jack’s on 4th Avenue in Seward, Alaska. Signs on buildings read: “Jack’s” & “Seward Commercial Co.” Printing on windows of Seward Commercial Company read:
“Cash Store” and “CirculatingLibrary.”
1910-1915. Photographer: Sylvia Sexton.
- Main Street
Main street with people, horses and wagons, taken from dock.
Signs: Alaska Transfer. Seward Commercial Co. GeneralMerchandise. Oregon Café. A.B. Drug Co. Northern. Coleman house. Baths. Olympia Beer. Seward Bakery. Unsigned, probably created by Case & Draper. Photographer’s number 78.
- View From The Pier
View from the pier, looking toward town buildings.
Businesses in view include the Kenai Lumber and Fuel Co., Alaska Transfer, Seward Commercial Co., and the Northern.
- Dog Team on Fourth Avenue
- Dog team on Fourth Avenue, ca. 1910. Al Ferrin from Hope, Alaska stands with dog team and sled in front of the Seward Commercial Co. and Jack’s on Fourth Avenue in Seward, Alaska. Photographer: Sylvia Sexton. Corporate Name: Seward Commercial Co.
Location: Seward (Alaska)