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Holy Assumption Orthodox Church

Kenai, Alaska
County of Kenai Peninsula.
Mission and Overland Streets
National Register Number: 70000898
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: AK-At-Large Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Active Church.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970):
Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church has been the principal and most enduring representative of Russian culture in southcentral Alaska from 1841 to the present. For the Kenaitze Indians, the church was the major institution for assimilation into western culture, serving as an educational, religious, administrative, and judicial center into the twentieth century. The church is a classic example of Russian ship design. Its icons are rare examples of Russian iconography. The site consists of the church (1895-96), rectory, cemetery, and chapel (1906), located on the Russian Mission Reserve in the City of Kenai.

The greatest threat to the NHL is encroachment on church property. The NHL continues to be in danger of losing legal claim to its property through adverse possession. Street improvements and parking issues have affected the site's historic landscape. In addition, neighboring property owners seek to expand and alter their driveways, changes that also threaten the historic landscape.

NPS Architectural Historian visit for structural condition assessment. The private owners have applied for a SAT grant - to be announced after October 1, 2009.

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