You can’t miss Arctic Brotherhood (AB) Hall between 2nd and 3rd Streets—the only example of turn-of-the-century Alaska driftwood-stick architecture, and probably the most-photographed building in Alaska . Thousands of pieces of wood—8,841 to be exact—decorate the exterior.
The brotherhood was organized aboard the vessel City of Seattle, which waited out the winter of 1899 in Skagway Harbor. The order spread, and local chapters were established in most Alaskan towns, with dues paid solely in nuggets.
The AB Hall now houses the Skagway Visitors Information Center (907/983-2854 or 888/762-1898 message, www.skagway.com , daily 8 a.m.–6 p.m. May–Sept., Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct.–Apr.). It has the standard brochures, plus helpful walking-tour and hiking maps. Stop in and take Buckwheat to lunch, but be sure to ask about his travels with Martha Stewart. Tell him I sent you.