St. Seraphim Chapel

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St. Seraphim Chapel
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
St. Seraphim Chapel is located in Alaska
St. Seraphim Chapel
Location In Lower Kalskag, Lower Kalskag, Alaska
Coordinates 61°30′50″N 160°21′59″W / 61.51389°N 160.36639°W / 61.51389; -160.36639Coordinates: 61°30′50″N 160°21′59″W / 61.51389°N 160.36639°W / 61.51389; -160.36639
Area less than one acre
Built 1843
MPS Russian Orthodox Church Buildings and Sites TR
NRHP reference # 80004586[1]
AHRS # RUS-017
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 6, 1980
Designated AHRS May 18, 1973

The St. Seraphim Chapel, also known as the Old Church, is a historic Russian Orthodox church in Lower Kalskag, Alaska, United States, in Bethel Census Area, that may include a portion built in 1843, or it may have all been built later. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The community has a 1975-built new church used for Russian Orthodox services; this is an old church that is either a later enlargement of an original church built probably in 1843 or it is wholly a later 1800s replacement. The old church reflects the influence of traditional three-part Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical architecture in America expressed in the style of a log cabin. Balanced in the center, it is divided into three parts: vestibule, nave, and altar chamber. Each section is built by squared logs with corner dovetailing and straight butt joints at points where the logs are shorter. A 1979 survey suggested that no other extant log church in Alaska (and perhaps nowhere else in all of North America) of its age possessed comparable construction.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Alfred Mongin and Father Joseph P. Kreta (June 14, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Russian Orthodox Church Buildings and Sites Thematic Resources" (PDF). National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Alfred Mongin and Father Joseph P. Kreta (June 14, 1979). "St. Seraphim Chapel (Old Church) (AHRS SITE NO. RUS-017)" (PDF). National Park Service.  (continuation sheet from thematic resources document) and accompanying photo from c.1976