For eight decades, the oldest continually running wedding chapel in Las Vegas served marrying couples, including many high-profile celebrities, in the heart of downtown.
On Saturday, it was torn down.
The demolition of the Wee Kirk Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, at 231 S. Las Vegas Blvd., seemed to catch many by surprise, including the Nevada Preservation Foundation.
“This one wasn’t even on our radar because it was functioning pre-pandemic,” said foundation Executive Director Heidi Swank, an outgoing Democratic assemblywoman who noted that her group did not realize the building might be in danger.
As such, there had been no efforts by the foundation to nominate the chapel for a historical registry, whether local, state or national, according to Swank. She said she was alerted to the demolition work on Saturday, when a foundation board member who drove by it sent her a text message.
A city spokesperson said Monday that