Oroville Chinese Temple

1500 Broderick St., Oroville, California


Oroville Chinese Temple

Photo taken by Richard Doody in September 2013



Street View 


"CHINESE TEMPLE - Dedicated in the spring of 1863, this building served as a temple of worship for 10,000 Chinese then living here. Funds for its erection and furnishings were provided by the Emperor and Empress of China - local Chinese labor built the structure. The building was deeded to the City of Oroville in 1935 by the Chinese residents." - California Historic Landmark No.770

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 30, 1976
Reference number
Areas of significance
Architecture; Religion
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1863; 1870
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info
  • April 25, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • November 2, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger