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Visitors' Center

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1920s. 1990, moved and renovated
  • Visitors' Center

The building serving as a visitors' center is the Alaska Railroad section house, which was moved from Girdwood, 40 miles southeast of Anchorage, to its present site and renovated in 1990. A one-story, wood-framed structure, the building is covered with novelty siding. Its sweeping hip roof is its most notable feature. Other elements, such as the fenestration and the plan, have been drastically altered. Originally, the interior would have contained a large dining room and kitchen, bunk room, and separate rooms for the section foreman and his family. Today it is one open space.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland


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Alison K. Hoagland, "Visitors' Center", [Anchorage, Alaska], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Alaska, Alison K. Hoagland. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 107-107.

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