For sale: Half-built 'Igloo City' (plus gift shop)

The Igloo Hotel in Cantwell, Alaska suffers from undersized windows which do not meet current code. The inadequate window size is the main reasons the structure was never operational. See more of Barden's photos under the handle sandwichgirl on Flikr and Twitter.
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The unfinished inside of Igloo City Hotel once attracted tourist from all over, but now remains closed due to chronic vandalism and structural theft.
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A friend of the photographer stands inside the unfinished Igloo Hotel.
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Igloo City Hotel would have had lovely views. Visit Barden's Flikr page, handle sandwichgirl, for more.
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Igloo City Hotel, in all its glory, is located on the east side of the Parks's Highway heading north to Fairbanks. The structure is about 20 miles from the small town of Cantwell, Alaska and over the years has suffered its fair share of vandalism.
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Igloo City and its accompanying gas station as seen from across the Park's Highway in May of 2012.
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In a well traversed but often overlooked corner of the Alaska Highway system sits an irregular structure. As the years cross over its craggy skull, bringing the unrelenting malice of winter weather, the gawking of confused onlookers and the cruelty of vandals and thieves, the melancholy white dome known to many as "Igloo City" persists -- unabated, but with little faith.

Abandoned and neglected this dilapidated four-story shell sits 180 miles north of Anchorage along the George Parks Highway on the quiet drive to the Interior Alaska city of Fairbanks. The Igloo's nearest neighbor, Cantwell (pop. 222), has witnessed the Arctic bungalow and its accompanying gas station thrive, dive and slowly age under the elements and the shuttering lenses of passing motorists, during its 40-plus years in existence.

Full story: Igloo City is more than just a 'proverbial sore thumb'

In its infancy, the Igloo was someone's "dream," but due to some missteps in original construction, economic hardship and the rapid increase in fuel prices this Alaskan oddity never realized its original potential.