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A Lost Legacy: Downtown's Historic Churches

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, July 03, 2008, at 01:30PM
Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Denver's Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1887.

Like most cities, the architecture of downtown Denver is punctuated by its historic churches. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1887, sits right across the street from modern office buildings. Other century-old churches dot the spaces between civic structures and new condos. Whether one is religious or not, the buildings provide a distinct style of architecture and a change of pace from other development.

Downtown L.A. is distinctly lacking in such structures. St. Vibiana is a gem, but relatively few other historic houses of worship remain standing.

It isn't as if Downtown was simply never churched. The great structures of old simply didn't survive in L.A. the way they did elsewhere. Downtown's churches were lost to development or to a lack of seismic stability.

Over the next week we're going to take a look at a handful of the churches of Downtown's past. Here's a call out to all you Downtown history buffs: what Downtown churches should we be sure to highlight?

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