The Little Church of the West

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Little Church of the West
Little church of the west 2007.jpg
The Little Church of the West (2007)
Location4617 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Paradise, Nevada, USA
Nearest cityLas Vegas
Coordinates36°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
Built1942
ArchitectWilliam J. Moore
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
NRHP reference #92001161
Added to NRHPSeptember 14, 1992

Little Church of the West is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada[1] that is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Built of redwood, it was intended to be a replica of a typical pioneer town church. It is the oldest building on the Las Vegas Strip.[2]

History[edit]

Church signage in 2012

The Little Church of the West opened in 1942 on what would become the Las Vegas 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 hotel-casino. In 1996, when the Hacienda was closed and demolished, the chapel was 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 2017, the Little Church of the West celebrated its 75th anniversary and remains the oldest building on the Las Vegas Strip.[2]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Property record". Clark County Assessor's Office. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Little Church of the West - Historic Las Vegas Wedding Chapels". Little Church of the West. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Celebrity Weddings in Las Vegas: The '30s and '40s". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 27, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Andy Russell Weds Entertainer". New York Times. New York Times. October 24, 1945. p. 27. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Celebrity Weddings in Las Vegas: The '50s and '60s". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 28, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Cohodas, Nadine (August 24, 2004). Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington. Random House. p. 426. ISBN 0375421483.
  7. ^ a b c "Celebrity Weddings in Las Vegas: The '70s and '80s". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 25, 2009.
  8. ^ "Redd Foxx kisses his bride". The Salina Journal. Associated Press. July 10, 1991. Retrieved October 5, 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ a b c "Celebrity Weddings in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 27, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "You are invited to our Vegas wedding..." The Independent. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2012.

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