Simply known as the Chinese Chapel, the lakeside structure, situated on Sixth Street, between “H” and “G,” was built in June of 1855 by the Reverend J. Lewis Shuck, a Southern Baptist minister and missionary whose charge it was to convert the city’s Chinese population to Christianity. With the outbreak of the Civil War and his flock peaking at a mere sixteen members, Shuck left for South Carolina. After serving as a grocery and living place for several years, the former Chapel was felled by incidental fire in 1872. Courtesy of the California State Library.
This photo and many more like it can be found in the Sacramento Public Library’s Sacramento Room which is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5, and Thursday 1 to 8.