More urban legends surround the Dr. Seuss house near Willow, Alaska, than easily verifiable facts, and, as this particular legend goes, construction on the structure began when the forest in which it’s located was gladed from a fire. As the woods regenerated, though, the view became compromised – and when you can see Denali from your front porch, that’s a big deal.

The owner spent 10 years building story upon story to make his view ever more epic until he reached 12, and then, alas, he died. The house spent 10 years in neglect, but was recently purchased by a new owner. No word on whether there are plans for a 13th level. Maybe getting the windows sealed is a better place to start.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.