White House

The plantation-style White House was built in 1902, and was originally the home of Lee Guthrie, saloonkeeper and civic official. After Guthrie left town, the house was converted into a small hotel. The Army used it for a small hospital during World War II. The building's name occasionally caused delightful confusion. One story about it dates back to 1956, when a Republican campaign worker stopped by to visit. No one responded to the knock, but because the door was ajar, the worker called out, "Would you be interested in keeping Eisenhower in the White House?" The owner's response was, "No! Let him stay downtown!" The hostelry operated through the 1977 season; a fire that year damaged the facility. The new owners have restored it as a bed & breakfast.

Getting There

Main & 8th
Skagway, AK 99840
Driving Directions