About Our Historic Accommodations

Family with a man and woman and three small children sitting in a bakery.

Silverbow Inn stakes claim to the historic Messerschmidt Building in the heart of downtown Juneau. Originally built in 1898 as a bakery, a three-story concrete building was added to the historic façade in 1914, which is now associated with the famous Silverbow Inn. Originally, the first floor was a retail bakery, with an apartment above, where Austrian immigrant Gus Messerschmidt lived.

Owners are the husband and wife team of New York émigrés, Jill Ramiel and Ken Alper. Silverbow Inn is heralded as Juneau’s most sophisticated hotel for both business and leisure travelers. Featuring 11 modern rooms, its central downtown location is just 14 miles from the Ferry Terminal and 9 miles from Juneau Airport.

Silverbow Inn is within walking distance of the waterfront, convention center, State Capitol Building and South Franklin Street shops and restaurants. The restored property was designed to create a stylish, yet relaxing environment. Silverbow Inn is the result of Owner/Architect Ramiel’s individual style and vision, where edgy meets elegant. It serves much more than a “home away from home,” but a reinvention of the authentic Juneau experience.

This modern boutique inn has become a part of Juneau history, hosting guests for many years to help make their experience in the Alaska capital a memorable one.

All About Jill Ramiel and Ken Alper

Ramiel was born in Flushing, Queens, New York and attended the State University of New York at Binghamton. After two years at Pratt Institute, she transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned a Masters Degree in Architecture.

While in Seattle, she met Ken Alper, a fellow East Coast native and masters degree candidate at the University of Washington, who was involved in economic study evaluation of suburban sprawl and infrastructure in the Mendenhall Valley.

The couple was engaged and moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1997, where they bought and opened Silverbow Inn. Ramiel does not come from a hospitality background, but credits her “hospitable mother” for her sparked interest in the industry.

Ramiel and Alper have been married since 1998 and have three children. Ramiel finds the community safe, urban, and yet small enough where she and her husband have a say in affecting the quality of education their children receive. The active Juneau community members adds, “We have art classes and guitar lessons within a few blocks, and for a small town, there is a tremendous arts and music scene,”

Community Involvement

  • Current Board President – Downtown Business Association
  • Board Member – Travel Juneau
  • Winner – Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 (2007)
  • Past Board Member – Juneau Economic Development Council
  • Past Board Member – Juneau Jewish Community
  • Past Board Member – Perseverance Theater

 

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