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The Abandoned Buckner Building of Whittier

Visit a 14-story decaying building from the World War II era that sits vacant in Whittier, Alaska

The Buckner Building is a unique, historic landmark and dark tourism destination in Whittier, Alaska. It was built during World War II as a military facility and served as a barracks and command center for soldiers stationed there. The building is one of the largest in Alaska, measuring over 400,000 square feet and standing 14 stories tall. Despite its imposing size, the Buckner Building has a surprisingly sleek and modern appearance, featuring a clean white exterior and a streamlined design ahead of its time.

After the war ended, the building was repurposed as a civilian facility and served as a hub for the town of Whittier. However, the building was abandoned in the 1960s and has remained vacant. Over the years, the Buckner Building has become a curiosity for tourists and a subject of fascination for residents. Its towering presence is hard to miss. Its history is a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of the people who lived and worked in Alaska during war and uncertainty.

Through the viewfinder

Buckner Building of Whittier Uncensored

Today, the Buckner Building is a decaying remnant of the US military’s World War II era in decades past. Despite its dilapidated condition and the fact that it is unsafe to enter, many tourists marvel at its size and history. Some have even described the building as a ghost town, as it stands as a haunting reminder of a bygone era. Even though Whittier is a port of call for some cruise lines, the town is tiny, and the Buckner Building remains the most popular attraction in Whittier, drawing visitors worldwide. 

The future of the building is uncertain; its legacy is a symbol of Alaska’s resilience and strength; however, the cruel reality is that nature will eventually reclaim the land, just as it has half a world away in the ghost town of Pripyat.

If you’re visiting Alaska, a day trip to Whittier is an excellent use of time. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Buckner Building abandoned?

In the post World War II era, the US military no longer had use for the building. In 1964, a large earthquake cause severe damage to the property making it unsafe for entry. Today, the building has is owned by the City of Whittier, which has no plans to open it for visitors.

Is the Buckner Building safe to enter?

While there is no imminent threat of collapse, the building has structural damage due to earthquakes and all the windows are broken or missing. Inside the building there is standing water and asbestos-contaminated areas throughout the property.

When was the Buckner Building abandoned?

The US Military put the site into inactive status in 1960 and ceased all operations by 1966.

Everything you need to know before you visit the Buckner Building of Whittier


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The Abandoned Buckner Building of Whittier


Sean's uncensored review of the Buckner Building in Whittier, Alaska.

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  • The building is boarded up, and decaying.

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