Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage

Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage

The Anchorage Hotel is a hotel located in Anchorage. The original Anchorage Hotel building was built in 1916; the current hotel building, which was constructed as an annex to the hotel, opened in 1936. C.B. Wark built the first hotel building; while the building was originally a wood frame structure, Frank Reed upgraded the building to a luxury hotel in 1917.

The hotel outgrew its original building due to Anchorage's growth in the 1930s, so the Anchorage Hotel Annex was built in 1936 to house additional guests. The annex, designed by E. Ellsworth Sedille, had a Gothic design and was one of the tallest buildings in Anchorage at the time. Guests at the hotel included Warren Harding, Harold L. Ickes, Walt Disney, Wiley Post, and Will Rogers; the latter two stayed at the hotel only two days prior to their deaths in a plane crash. In addition, artist Sidney Laurence lived in the hotel for parts of the 1920s and 1930s; Laurence once exchanged a painting of Mount McKinley for a year's rent at the hotel.

In the 1950s, the hotel declined in status, and the buildings suffered from a lack of maintenance. The original hotel building was demolished in the 1960s, while the annex became the Hotel Ronald Lee; after a number of ownership changes, Bob and Carolyn Neumann rehabilitated the hotel in the late 1980s. After its renovation, the hotel regained its original name; it now operates as the Historic Anchorage Hotel.

The annex was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1999.
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Anchorage Hotel on Map

Sight Name: Anchorage Hotel
Sight Location: Anchorage, USA (See walking tours in Anchorage)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Anchorage, Alaska

Create Your Own Walk in Anchorage

Create Your Own Walk in Anchorage

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Anchorage Historical Buildings

Anchorage Historical Buildings

As a perfect basecamp for exploring much of what Alaska has to offer, Anchorage is the font of the state’s history. The Downtown’s convenient grid pattern – compact enough to be walked by curious visitors ready to explore the 49th state's largest and most important city – was set up at the same time as the construction started on the Government Hill neighborhood in 1915.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour

Anchorage Introduction Walking Tour

Anchorage was settled in 1914 and incorporated as a city six years later. It was named after a hardware and clothing store that was held in a dry-docked steamship nearby. That store was called "The Anchorage." The city holds almost half of the population of Alaska and is one of the largest cities by area in the United States.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles