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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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Historic downtown Las Vegas wedding chapel Wee Kirk o’the Heather torn down



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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas was unexpectedly demolished on Saturday. Now some community members are pushing for change.





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For more than 70 years, couples from all over the world tied the knot at the Wee Kirk o’the Heather Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas.

Translated from Scottish, it means “the little chapel of the lucky flowers.” Now the flowers are gone, and so are the historic walls that witnessed countless love stories.

Executive director of the Nevada Preservation Foundation Heidi Swank said the chapel was recently featured on one of their home history tours.

“The owners were very excited about it, so I was totally unaware that it had sold in April,” Swank said.

Jack Paripovich with Complete Demo Services told FOX5 he found something he’s never seen in Las Vegas before.

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