The Begich Towers Condominium is a building in the small town of Whittier, Alaska. The structure is notable for being the residence for nearly the entire population of the town, as well as containing many of its public facilities. This has earned Whittier the nickname of a "town under one roof".
The area where modern-day Whittier sits was developed during World War II, when it was chosen as the place to build a military harbour and a logistics base for the US Army. After the war, the military planned to develop a large complex in the area. What is now the Begich Towers was part of that plan.
The building was designed in 1953 by Anton Anderson to host the headquarters of the US Army Corps of Engineers. It was named the Hodge Building in memory of Colonel William Walter Hodge, commander of the 93rd Engineer Regiment of Alcan Highway. The Hodge Building was part of a larger project that included the construction of ten other similar buildings for military use. In 1957 the Buckner Building was constructed adjacent to the towers, at the time the biggest building in Alaska. Despite the ambitious plan, these buildings were the only two to be built, and they were used by the US Army until the early 1960s.
In 1964, the area was hit by a tsunami caused by the Good Friday earthquake, but the damage was not extensive. The Hodge Building was transformed into a public building with several units, including the headquarters of the major institutions and commercial services of Whittier. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Whittier holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Begich Towers Incorporated and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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