I didn't know it at the time, but this unusual structure, with a facade of 8800 pieces of driftwood, is reputedly the most photographed building in Alaska.
It sits on a corner of Skagway's main street, Broadway, which is, as one might expect, bustling with tourists.
See what I mean?
But what caught my interest, as I was snapping photos like the rest of the tourist hordes, was a couple perched in front of the building, sitting there like stoic guardians at the gate.
They were there the entire time of my visit, just watching the passing ebb and flow of cruisers.
In spite of the fact that they're clutching souvenir tote bags from a cruise ship line themselves, it's my belief that they're a native couple who live in the area and enjoy watching the tourists as a form of entertainment. At least the lady looks relatively entertained; I'm not so sure about her friend.
I wonder if they're the most photographed couple in Alaska.
Or if anyone else even noticed them.
The facade was nailed together in 1900 by lodge members and is a prime example of Victorian Rustic Architecture. It underwent a restoration in the winter of 2004-2005 where all 8883 pieces of driftwood were removed. Forty percent had rotted and were replaced while the remaining 60% were nailed back on.