Oroville Chinese Temple

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Oroville Chinese Temple
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Oroville Chinese Temple is located in California
Oroville Chinese Temple
Location 1500 Broderick St., Oroville, California
Coordinates 39°30′49″N 121°33′39″W / 39.51361°N 121.56083°W / 39.51361; -121.56083Coordinates: 39°30′49″N 121°33′39″W / 39.51361°N 121.56083°W / 39.51361; -121.56083
Built 1863
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 76000478
CHISL # 770[1]
Added to NRHP July 30, 1976[2]

The Oroville Chinese Temple was built in 1863 as a community center for the substantial Chinese population of Oroville, California. It was originally composed of three parts: the Chan Room for Confucian meditation, the Moon Temple, for Buddhist rites, and the Council Room, for community functions. The Emperor and Empress of China provided funds for the construction and furnishings.[1] Flooding in 1907 led to an exodus of Chinese from the Oroville area, leaving the temple largely unused. After a period under the stewardship of the Chan family, the temple was deeded to the City of Oroville in 1937 and was opened as a museum in 1949.[3]

Since then a number of modern additions have been made, including a tapestry hall, a display hall and a garden.

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  1. ^ a b "Chinese Temple". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Oroville Chinese Temple". City of Oroville, California. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 

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