Anchorage attorney Phil Weidner calls his structure ‘The Goose Creek Tower,’ because it sits near the confluence of Goose Creek and the Big Susitna River. He got the idea for the tower almost two decades ago and started construction in the late ’90s.
Weidner says he took a break from the project that lasted 15 years but is ready to start again. ‘It’s meant to be a home, also an observatory,’ Weidner said. ‘I plan to eventually put a telescope in the top of it. Also, probably a ham radio station and call it Radio Free Goose Creek, and broadcast appropriate information to the world.’
The tower is 185 feet high with unfinished metal decks that wrap around almost every story. It’s natural wood and more than 60,000 pounds of steel. Weidner says the major construction is finished, including electrical and plumbing, but interior work is still needed. He figures it could be another three years before it’s completed…
Story by Lauren Maxwell / Photojournalist John Thain
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