SITE OF THE FIRST VACAVILLE BUDDHIST CHURCH
The site of the first Vacaville Buddhist Church is located at the intersection of Dobbins and Monte Visa Avenue (previously known as North Street) on the northwest corner. The church was built in 1912. The church merged Japanese and American architectural styles to create a unique form. The site was listed for being the first Buddhist Church in Vacaville. The Buddhist Church became the center for the Japanese community and provided for all the religious, educational, and recreational needs for its members. The Church provided a “connection to the homeland, while incorporating American influences.” In addition to religious services the Church routinely provided entertainment for the community by hosting plays, operas, and concerts by performers visiting from Japan. After World War II and Executive Order 9066’s forced evacuation, the Vacaville Japanese community never fully recovered. The Vacaville Buddhist Church provided shelter and assistance as families returned, but never reopened with a resident minister. The Vacaville Buddhist Church burned in 1951 as a result of a kerosene stove explosion.
Registration Date: 8/3/2007
390 East Monte Vista Ave
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