Inside the Choate House

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Inside the Choate Mansion, each of the fixtures -- including this telephone-shaped bath faucet -- was deliberately chosen by Mark and Sun Hee Choate. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Mark Choate rides the elevator of his new house with his dog, Obi Wan Kenobi, on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Sun Hee Choate points to a wrought-iron staircase as an example of work still to be done in the Choate Mansion. Choate has borrowed architectural flourishes from around the world to incorporate into the home. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Mark and Sun Hee Choate pet their dog, Obi Wan Kenobi, in front of their home on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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The Choate Mansion's dining room is seen on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Mark Choate holds one of the shaved bricks used on his home's exterior. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Mark Choate shows his home's windows and the view toward Gastineau Channel on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The windows, manufactured in France, are triple-paned and use African mahogany. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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The distinctive tower at the Choate Mansion, seen Thursday, July 6, 2017 was inspired by Mark Choate's childhood in Germany. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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This spiral staircase connects the four floors of the Choate Mansion and reaches into the central tower. Its wooden structure will be replaced with a spiral staircase of steel and iron. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Mark and Sun Hee Choate stand in front of their almost-completed home Thursday, July 6, 2017. The Choates say their house, almost eight years under construction, was designed to stand for centuries. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Sun Hee and Mark Choate stand in the living room of their new home on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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The kitchen of the Choate Mansion is seen on July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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This picture hanging in the Choate Mansion on July 6, 2017 shows how the home looked before it was extensively renovated and expanded. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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Mark Choate throws a Frisbee for his dog, Obi Wan Kenobi, on the front lawn of his new home Thursday, July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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The copper gutters, roof and snow fence on the roof of the Choate Mansion are European-style and designed to last for hundreds of years. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

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The Eighth Street gate of the Choate Mansion is seen on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Description

The city of Juneau has existed for 137 years.

Mark Choate expects his new house to last for 1,000.

“My idea was to build a house that will last 1,000 years,” he said during a Thursday tour given to the Empire.

After eight years and several million dollars, he may have just that. The secret passageway, elevator, wine cellar, and tower-top study are added bonuses.

Read the rest of the story here.

Photos by James Brooks | Juneau Empire

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