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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mystery History -- Solved!

Bellis wins with her noon Tuesday guess "Starting to build the Church of the Angels?"
In the April 20, 1889, photo above, the cornerstone of the Mission of the Church of the Angels on what is now the Pasadena side of Avenue 64 is placed by Frances Campbell-Johnston as the vicar and parishioners look on. Construction was completed on Sept. 29, 1889. 
The site was once part of the Rancho San Rafael acreage. The mission became a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in 1901 and has been called Church of the Angels ever since.
Design and construction were funded by Frances Campbell-Johnston as a memorial to her husband, Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnston, and a place of worship for the people of Garvanza, now known as Highland Park. She and her husband were the last owners of Rancho San Rafael.
 Here's an 1893 photo showing landscaping, pathways, a stone wall and a horse-drawn carriage:
A major restoration and retrofit was completed in 1990.
Church of the Angels today:
 The sandstone on the exterior was quarried in the San Fernando Valley and the clock on the 44-foot tower was produced by the Seth Thomas Clock Company.
The architect, Arthur Edmund Street, was inspired by the church at Holmbury St. Mary, a village near Surrey, England.
I'll leave you with some photos of the spectacular interior with its redwood and stained glass:

There is so much more information I could impart, but I'll leave it here for now.
Petrea has a couple of related posts on her blog.

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