The Chapel was a labor of love created in memory of Ivalie Cox and Harry Gerjets who passed away in 1998. They were important volunteers who worked tirelessly for Ice Alaska.
Stan Zielinski is the designer of the memorial ice chapel.
The chapel construction utilized a new technique of cutting blocks into standard sized 8"x8"x16" blocks.
The "mill" for making the blocks consisted of a rigid vertical support on which a chain saw was mounted with a work platform below. It was not unlike a table saw for wood. Therewas a modified rip-fence arrangement as well as a cross cut feature. The objective of the new technique was to create a smaller block that eliminated the need for the heavy equipment normally need to place the blocks.
The chapel took about a month to construct and the effort was a work of art.
It was a suitable memorial to two tireless workers for Ice Alaska. - Ivalie Cox and Harry Gerjets.