Going to Church--but Where?

Submitted by gskinner on September 18, 2014 - 5:51pm
  • Unidentified chapel -- possibly on the Coast Guard Training Center, Petaluma (SCL Photo 18273)

    SCL Photo 18273

This week's batch of unknowns are a collection of unidentified churches and chapels in Sonoma County, photographed between the late 19th and mid-20th century. Most are likely to be Petaluma-area buildings since they are in the Petaluma History Room's collection and perhaps only of them is still standing.

SCL Photo 28181

I suspect the chapel shown in SCL Photos 18273 and 28181 may be the old chapel on the U.S. Coast Guard Training Base near Two Rock, west of Petaluma. Note the cinderblock building to the right of the chapel in the Photo 28181


SCL Photo 9736

This modest country church building in the Petaluma area, photographed around 1935 is probably long gone. This shot shows the rear of the church.


SCL Photo 10817

A more recent unidentifed church, again in the Petaluma area, around 1970

SCL Photo 14910

A Sonoma County church, most likely pre-1906 -- by far the grandest of all our unidentified churches.


SCL Photo 6426

An unidentified Sonoma County church from the 1890s or early 1900s. 


SCL Photo 9793

This rural Petaluma area church was photographed sometime between 1960 and 1980. The building appears to be unused at the time of the photograph.

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