Saturday, November 24, 2018

Little Church of the West

Little Church of the West is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada 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.


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.

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

Notable weddings

Betty Grable and Harry James (1943)
Andy Russell and Della Norell (October 23, 1945)
Deanna Durbin and Felix Jackson (1945)
Zsa Zsa Gabor and George Sanders (1949)
Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl (1954)
Dinah Washington and Dick Lane (July 2, 1963)
Judy Garland and Mark Herron (1965)
David Cassidy and Kay Lenz (1977)
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates (1986)
Dudley Moore and Brogan Lane (1988)
Redd Foxx and Ka Ha Cho (1991)
Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (December 12, 1991)
Noel Gallagher and Meg Matthews (June 1997)
Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie (2000)
Billie Piper and Chris Evans (2001)
Jodie Sweetin and Cody Herpin (July 14, 2007)
Mickey Rooney
Robert Goulet
Buck Owens
David Sanborn
Telly Savalas
Heather Thomas
Mel Tormé
Margaret Whiting
Lars Ulrich
Ian Astbury


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