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Anchorage

Wendler Building

This building was constructed by an early civic leader A.J. Wendler in 1915. It is an award-winning building that has the only corner turret found in Anchorage. Each year the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins in front of this building and the large bronze sled dog makes it the starting point for the race. The grueling, 1,000 mile Iditarod sled dog race starts here each March with Balto the dog’s lifelike bronze statue commemorating the event. The building has been occupied for the past 18 years by "One People," a co-op that enables indigenous people worldwide to be self-sufficient by providing a sales outlet for their endangered arts and crafts. It now houses a coffee shop and art gallery dedicated to displaying works by Alaskan artists. It remains the only turreted building downtown.