Unfortunately, the chapel is deteriorating rapidly due to harsh climate, limited use and lack of maintenance. In April 2007, the Karluk Department of Fire and Emergency Services inspected the church and was alarmed at its condition, noting that “the Church is in desperate need of repair and is currently in violation of local ordinances.” Of particular concern were various electrical wiring violations which present a “major hazard to the public.” The Karluk Department of Fire and Emergency served a notice to raze or repair the church, but fortunately, the church is still standing.
Due to the chapel’s remote location, ROSSIA has not had the opportunity to visit the Ascension of Our Lord Chapel. We are currently raising funds to initiate a trip to Karluk in 2010 to inspect the church, develop a preservation plan and launch the project. Please consider supporting this effort to preserve a unique and enduring example of the Russian Orthodox architecture in Alaska.