Image shows the original Alert Bay Community Centre, also known as the Namgis Big House. This original Big House was constructed in 1966, and destroyed in 1997 by arson. A new building, with a nearly identical exterior wall, was raised in 1999.
The Alert Bay Community House, completed in 1963. The two post arches are 17 feet high, supporting two 70 foot logs, each measuring 3 feet in diameter and weighing 5 tons. The roof has a large opening at the center to allow smoke to escape from the open pit fire. Photo by Eric J. Cooke; published by J. Barnard Photographer LTD, Victoria B. C.
Two women stand in front of the Alert Bay Community House while a third woman sits at a table. The wall of the bighouse is painted with a number of figures, likely animals. The seated woman appears to be serving salmon.