Somewhere in Alaska, Whittier small town living its little joys and dramas like any other settlement in the world. But something is different. The entire population lives under the same roof.
Now, after more than 50 years, Whittier just means a port where, occasionally, anchored cruise ships with tourists attracted by the story places, some industrial buildings and a building aged under roof which live all 220 inhabitants of the city. In addition to their apartments, some bedrooms military actually changed, the building houses a kindergarten, a school, a few small shops, a bar, a medical clinic, a post office and police station. Even the church is in the basement, along with play areas for children.
A unique experience in the world
While it may seem very logical and convenient for all residents to stay just steps away from each other, to meet the hallway to look for children from neighboring apartments, the citizens of Whittier, the town under one roof, bears sometimes shirts that is written, ironically, POW. And that does not mean “Prisoner of War” as expected by those unfamiliar with the realities of the place, but “Prisoner of Whittier.”
The only links the city with the rest of civilization are boats that make regular trips to Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel or south, known as the Whittier Tunnel , one of the best, longest in America. Just with a single band and moving to Anchorage or return to the “city under one roof” can be done alternately.
An entire city lives in this one building
The residents of Whittier, Alaska show us what it's like when an entire city lives in one building.