Taoist Temple
Taoist Temple (Hanford, California) is located in California
Taoist Temple (Hanford, California)
Taoist Temple (Hanford, California) is located in the United States
Taoist Temple (Hanford, California)
LocationNo. 12 China Alley, Hanford, California
Coordinates36°19′41″N 119°38′16″W / 36.32806°N 119.63778°W / 36.32806; -119.63778
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
NRHP reference No.72000226[1]
Added to NRHPJune 13, 1972

The Taoist Temple at No. 12 China Alley in Hanford, in Kings County, California, dates from 1893. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1972.[1]


It is historically significant as a surviving authentic structure from Hanford's Chinatown, after it moved to the 200-foot-long China Alley in the 1890s, after a fire in the previous Chinatown area. China Alley served the second largest population of Chinese in the U.S., behind San Francisco. The temple itself was argued in its NRHP nomination to be valuable "as an example of typical late 19th century indigenous construction, with oriental overtones.... in keeping with the theme of the original Hanford Chinese settlement and with the buildings still remaining."[2]

The Taoist Temple Museum is open for tours once a month.

China Alley, where the temple is located, was listed as one of the 11 most endangered historic places in America in 2011 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[3]

On the evening of May 12, 2021, the building was heavily damaged by fire. Although the building itself did not sustain structural damage, the fire still caused severe smoke and heat damage to the second-floor temple room and its artifacts, which will require significant clean up and conservation.[4][5][6]

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Dennis J. Trlplitt (1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Taoist Temple". National Park Service. and accompanying six photos from 1971
  3. ^ Wing, Arianne. "Hanford Gourmet: The opening of the Imperial Dynasty". Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Promnitz, Donald A. "'It's devastating': Fire heavily damages Hanford's Taoist temple, museum". Hanford Sentinel. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "News". China Alley. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "China Alley | National Trust for Historic Preservation". savingplaces.org. Retrieved January 2, 2022.