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Two Walking Tours of Pasadena’s Historic Churches

Apr 17, 2017

For a tease we turn to former Pasadena Information Officer Ann Erdman and her blog:

All Saints was founded in 1883, the first Episcopal parish in Pasadena. Members who had begun meeting in a private home three years earlier purchased a site among orange groves at Garfield Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in 1885 and built a small wooden church there.

In 1889 a newer, temporary church opened at 123 N. Euclid Avenue. As the congregation grew, additional space became a priority. In 1923 the architectural firm Johnson, Kaufman and Coate was commissioned to design a new building.

The beautiful new church, designed in a Gothic Revival style, was dedicated in 1924, three years before Pasadena City Hall was built.

Here’s a photo of City Hall under construction with All Saints in the background:

 

 

Constructed of stone quarried from Bouquet Canyon in the Santa Clarita Valley and roofed with Vermont slate, the church houses a large display of decorative arts in the style popular in the early years of the 20th century, from the Ernest Batchelder floor tiles to windows created by Tiffany and Judson Studios.

 

 

All Saints Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Civic Center Historic District.

 

Photo: All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena.

 

Thank you, Ann Erdman and AnnErdman.blogspot! We hope that’s an effective lure for joining one of the two tours listed here. Wear comfortable shoes! Maybe a hat.

 

Photo credit: First United Methodist Church, Pasadena.

 

On April 22, Pasadena Heritage presents its Churches of Pasadena Walking Tour. The walk is led by a docent and focuses on distinctive architecture and interior decorative devices that “uplift the eye and the spirit” such as hand-painted murals, stained glass motifs, and carved ceiling beams.

Seven churches are featured on the tour: First Baptist, All Saints, First Congregational, Fuller Theological, Pasadena Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and the First Church of Christ Science.

 

Walking Tour: Churches of Pasadena
Saturday, April 22nd, 2 a.m.-noon
Tickets: $20, PH members; $25, nonmembers
Purchase tickets at Eventbrite here
For more info, visit PasadenaHeritage.org/events

 

Photo source: San Gabriel Presbytery.

 

Photo credit: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Pasadena.

 

Church Tour No. 2:

If your weekend’s already scheduled from sun-up to sundown, Throop’s 30 Days for the Earth hosts “Hidden City Walk: Many Windows, One Light” on Thursday, April 20.

The walk begins at 4 p.m. at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, then visits All Saints (a 91-year-old Gothic Revival), First Congregational, and ends at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist. Docents will be at each location to provide context and history about the windows.

First Congregational’s windows (see above) were made by Judson Studios. First UMC (below) has a stained glass Tiffany window, apparently of Jesus as a boy.

 

Photo credit: First United Methodist Church of Pasadena.

 

Hidden City Walk: Many Windows, One Light
Thursday, April 20th, 4-6 p.m.
Start at Throop Unitarian, 300 Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101
Free event; please RSVP here
Learn more at event Facebook page

 

Photo credit: Throop Unitarian Church, Pasadena.

 

 

 




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