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The little chapel in the valley

The Yosemite Valley Chapel was built in the Yosemite Valley of California in 1879. Originally located in what was then called the "Lower Village" at what is now the Four Mile Trail trailhead, the chapel was moved to its present site in 1901 as the old village dwindled. The chapel was designed by San Francisco architect Charles Geddes and built by Samuel Thompson of San Francisco, Geddes' son-in-law, for the California State Sunday School Association at a cost of three or four thousand dollars. As stipulated in the organization's application for permission, the chapel is an interdenominational facility, and is the oldest standing structure in Yosemite National Park. The L-shaped frame chapel covers an area of about 1,470 square feet. It is clad in board and batten siding with a prominent steeple, seating about 250.


The chapel was restored in 1965, when its foundations were raised in response to a 1964 flood, but was damaged in the 1997 Yosemite Valley floods and required repair. The chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1973.


© John Krzesinski, 2013.


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Taken on January 12, 2013