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Owners of Wee Kirk o’the Heather Wedding Chapel ‘surprised’ to see it demolished | Las Vegas Local Breaking News, Headlines



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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The family who owned Wee Kirk o’the Heather Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas said they were just as surprised to see it demolished as the rest of the community. 

“It was definitely sad to see it go and we really weren’t aware that they were going to bulldoze it down,” said Joshua Gust. 

The sign is now the only piece left of the historic chapel that dates back to 1940. Gust’s parents bought it in 1980. 

“As a kid, I remember going down there, doing my homework. It’s kind of a unique building. It had a basement in it, it had a bedroom in the back, it had all kinds of things,” said Gust. 

It was one of the first chapels on Las Vegas Boulevard but as downtown changed, so did business. 

“You drove right by it, it was kind of the last place you

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Wee Kirk Las Vegas Wedding Chapel demolished

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

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