Although not an attractive building, the Alaskan Hotel is representative of early commercial buildings in Cordova. It was originally two stories; the third story was added in 1910. The building, 46 feet by 90 feet, is on a sloping site, so that the first story rapidly disappears. The flat-roofed wood-framed building has a bar on the first floor, reached through a canted entrance at the corner. The two upper floors, separated from each other and from the first floor by belt courses, have windows that are mostly paired. Above the third-floor lintels, a wide fascia is shingled, painted in a contrasting color; the deep cornice has simple modillions. The hotel had numerous owners and probably as many names; it is one of the oldest buildings in the commercial area. Its exterior ungainliness is somewhat compensated for by the handsome bar, imported from Katalla.
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