Alaska Igloo City Hotel

igloo phot by bob keefer

photo by Bob Keefer

What else would you build in Alaska but  igloos? That appears to have been the thought behind Igloo City, a planned hotel located in Cantwell, Alaska, along the George Parks Highway. Construction on this architectural fantasy began and ended in the 1970s, abandoned because the developers failed to follow building codes. The four-story concrete structure is so large, it can be seen by airplanes at 30,000 feet. At this point too much of the hotel has deteriorated to make renovation worthwhile. Now it’s just a roadside attraction, drawing both vandals and those interested in this bit of curiosity.

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Travelers driving between Anchorage and Fairbanks can still see Igloo City rotting on the side of the road. What might have been a convenient spot for a hotel is now a convenient spot for photographers looking to capture its decay. The unfinished interior is considerably more attractive than its exterior.

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3 thoughts on “Alaska Igloo City Hotel

  1. Jimidi says:

    I cant locate it on Google map. Can you help me ? Thanks

  2. Great post. Just goes to show you that there is so much out in the world that we don’t know much about.

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