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.
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.