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Bit of History

One reason we feel you will be right at home staying with us at the Anchorage Grand Hotel is that it is a piece of Anchorage architectural history. Originally it was built as a concrete and steel structure in 1950, originally named the Olsen Apartments. By the 1960s, the name changed to Sharilyn Arms. The picture above was taken just after the historic ‘64 quake. By the 1990s the property changed from apartments to the Ship Creek Hotel. It was operated as the Ship Creek Hotel until John Wirum bought the property in 2000. John’s vision was to update the original structure with modern amenities so that visitors could continue to enjoy the great downtown Anchorage location. John, with the help of his father, Harold, did extensive renovations. Harold, a born-and-raised Alaskan, was the architect who designed many of downtown’s buildings, helping to shape the Anchorage skyline. Some of the improvements made to the hotel included upgrading windows, plumbing, electrical, and heating, the installation of fire-safety/sprinkler system, and new kitchens and bathrooms as well. The Anchorage Grand Hotel remains a family-owned-and-operated small business. The property has a charming mix of old and new, with friendly service. We welcome you to be our guest!

Anchorage Grand Apartments

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