Historic Fairview is one of Anchorage’s original four neighborhoods, and to this day the neighborhood remains a welcoming community that reflects the diversity of the city around it.
Historic and architectural landmarks around the neighborhood help tell its story. In the city’s early days, it was one of the few areas that legally permitted Black homeownership, and it’s home to the first Black church in Alaska: Greater Friendship Baptist Church, established in 1951. Today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the congregation continues to play an active role in community life.
The neighborhood is also home to the Lucky Wishbone — one of the city’s oldest continually operating restaurants, nestled near the place where Fairview meets Downtown. Recreational opportunities dot the area. The Fairview Community Recreation Center features a gym, arts and crafts space, a weight room and dance room, a commercial kitchen, and sauna facilities (visit Muni.org for current schedules). Fairview Lions Park is home to a lush and beloved community garden, and Eastchester Park offers a convenient connection to Anchorage’s vast trail system. Head to the north end of the neighborhood to find a Ship Creek Trail connection along North Post Road. At the Chester Creek Sports Complex, ice rinks and baseball fields draw crowds throughout the year.