St. Seraphim Chapel
St. Seraphim Chapel
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
|Location||In Lower Kalskag, Lower Kalskag, Alaska|
|Area||less than one acre|
|MPS||Russian Orthodox Church Buildings and Sites TR|
|NRHP reference #||80004586|
|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.
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.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- 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.
- 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
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