AKA: 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Queen of the Snows Chapel, Squaw Valley, CA; Queen of the Snows Catholic Church, Olympic Valley, CA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures; built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Felciano, J. Clarence, AIA, Architect (firm); John Clarence Felciano Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1958-1959

1 story, total floor area: 4,617 sq. ft.

1550 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

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Building History

This A-frame chapel design required a steep gable roof to shed the heavy snowfalls that occurred in the Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe area. The A-frame design in ecclesiastical design became popular after the frequent publication of the Air Force Academy Chapel by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill beginning in 1957. There are significant differences in form betwen the Queen of the Snows Chapel and the Air Force structure, most notably in the latter's detailed, tetrahedral structure which yielded a far more dynamic, faceted visual effect. Still. their "Gothic" height and triangularity remained in common.

Building Notes

APN: 096-101-003.

PCAD id: 25041