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A Lost Legacy: Downtown's Historic Churches


A look back at some of the churches that once stood around Downtown Los Angeles.


St. Joseph's Catholic Church

By Eric Richardson — October 19, 2011 — 4 Comments

On October 18, 1983, the fate of Historic Cultural Monument #15 was sealed when the city issued a permit for the demolition of the fire-damaged St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 12th and Los Angeles.


BIOLA, 1926

By Eric Richardson — June 23, 2009 — 11 Comments

On June 23, 1985, the Church of the Open Door held its last service inside the 4,000 seat auditorium of its 1915 facility on Hope street.

While the date signaled...


First Congregational Church

By Eric Richardson — July 11, 2008 — 4 Comments

First Congregational Church has been located west of Downtown at 6th and Commonwealth since 1932. That sort of stability hides the fact that the church was once...


St. Paul's Episcopal

By Eric Richardson — July 08, 2008 — 5 Comments

The story of St. Paul's Episcopal Church might well be best summed up as that of a city moving outward. Opened on July 13th, 1924, St. Paul's Cathedral stood on...


First Methodist Episcopal Church

By Eric Richardson — July 07, 2008 — 3 Comments

Opened on July 8th, 1923, the First Methodist Episcopal Church at 813 S. Hope was the most expensive church constructed to date by the denomination. The structure...


Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church

By Eric Richardson — July 03, 2008 — 13 Comments

Like most cities, the architecture of downtown Denver is punctuated by its historic churches. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1887, sits right across...