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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Shrine of the Ages and park headquarters upgrades

These buildings, seen daily by numerous visitors, needed rehabilitation and improvements badly. Window-mounted air conditioners in the Mission 66-era office building will be replaced with central air conditioning. Energy- efficient windows and doors will replace the buildings’ existing windows and doors. This work will save energy, lower costs and vastly improve the buildings’ appearance.

The interior of the Shrine of the Ages, a visitor interpretation center on the South Rim, is in need of rehabilitation. This project will create a clean and comfortable environment for all visitors and park residents. It also will comply with handicap-accessibility laws and will improve safety where visitors approach the shrine. NPS photos

The idea for an interfaith chapel at Grand Canyon dates back to 1917. It was not until 1952 that the Shrine of the Ages Chapel Corp. was formed, design plans were drafted, and fundraising was begun. The corporation included representatives of Catholic, Jewish and Protestant denominations. Its goal was to build a permanent structure on the South Rim of the canyon, near a site already used for religious rites, including a very popular Easter sunrise service.

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