Mr. Weidner acquired 500 acres for the Goose Creek Tower homestead in 1982 on the banks of the Big Susitna river outside of Talkeetna, Alaska, accessible from the George Parks Highway near mile 90. Construction began in the spring of 1990. Often mistakenly referred to as the “Dr. Seuss house” (nobody asked Dr. Seuss), Goose Creek Tower was inspired by Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. True to its namesake, though, the "stories" are not integer countable; it is simply enough to say, the final Octagon rises 57 meters, oriented on the true points of the compass.
On the ground the Tower meets the north east with a sweeping six meter bay window on a 13 x 13 m. swedish scribed spruce cabin. Four meter Nenana Spruce radiate at forty-five degree angles imitating the five fingers of the human hand. The symbol was also inspired by Euler's identity representing the five "magic numbers": Pi, e, i, 1, and 0, in what Mr. Weidner refers to as a cosmic coincidence observed structurally throughout Phillip Paul's work as well.
The cap of Goose Creek Tower is an Octagon Perch with sides of two meters in length. To ascend this uppermost platform, he built a 4.5 meter steel ladder that rises at ninety degrees into the central timber of the Tower. From the floor to ceiling windows three hundred miles of Alaskan wilderness sprawls through the Talkeetna Mountains, Mount Denali, the Homer Volcanoes, even mountains in the Aleutian chain to the southwest are visible from the sturdy five finger steel iron balconies just 1 meter below federally regulated airspace.
An Industrial Engineer and lawyer by trade, Mr. Weidner confidently designed each addition with impressive structural finesse. As construction progressed, a 6' x 6' steel hydraulic jack was incorporated to compensate for temporal geological shifts. The body of the Tower was crafted of sixty thousand meters of spruce, locally sourced 360 km north in Nenana, a logging community. These logs were braced with over 50 ton of steel plates and bridge connections. In the dead of winter 1992 Phillip Paul rented an industrial crane with a 55 meter boom to cap the Tower with the Octahedral Perch.