Ascension of Our Lord Chapel

In Karluk, Karluk, Alaska

Photos 

Ascension of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Description 

The oldest Russian Orthodox church still in use in Alaska, the church at Karluk also exhibits an unusual architectural sophistication, with its pedimented Greek Revival doorway and distinctive belfry. Traditional elements of Alaskan Russian Orthodox churches -- such as the division of space, the axial alignment, and the octagonal cupola -- are also found in this pristine church, built by a cannery in 1888 for its Native workers. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS AK-77)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1980
Reference number
80004580
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1888

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