The Little Church of the West

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Little Church of the West
Little church of the west 2007.jpg
Location 4617 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Coordinates 36°5′10″N 115°10′19″W / 36.08611°N 115.17194°W / 36.08611; -115.17194Coordinates: 36°5′10″N 115°10′19″W / 36.08611°N 115.17194°W / 36.08611; -115.17194
Built 1942
Architect William J. Moore
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 92001161
Added to NRHP September 14, 1992

Little Church of the West is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada that is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Built of California redwood, it was intended to be a replica of a typical pioneer town church. It is the oldest building on the Strip.[1]


The Little Church of the West opened its doors in 1942 on what would become The Strip. The chapel was originally built as part of the Hotel Last Frontier complex on the Las Vegas Strip. The chapel was moved from the north side of the hotel to the south side in 1954. In 1979, to make way for the Fashion Show Mall, the chapel was moved onto the grounds of the Hacienda. In 1996, when the Hacienda was closed and demolished, the chapel moved again to its current location on the east side of the strip south of the Mandalay Bay.

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1992.

In 2012, the Little Church of the West celebrated its 70th anniversary and remains the oldest chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.[1]

Film history[edit]

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret recited their vows in the movie Viva Las Vegas, filmed at the Little Church of the West.

Notable weddings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Celebrity Weddings in Las Vegas:". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "1945 Press Photo Andy Russell Screen Radio Crooner Bride Della Norell Singer". ebay. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Andy Russell Weds Entertainer". New York Times. New York Times. October 24, 1945. p. 27. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Cohodas, Nadine (August 24, 2004). Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington. Random House. p. 426. ISBN 0375421483. 
  6. ^ a b "You are invited to our Vegas wedding...". The Independent. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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