Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Los Angeles is awash in hidden treasures, not least of which is this Schindler-designed church, the only one of its kind. 


Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Susan Denley
Published: 29 August 2014, Los Angeles Times

Christina House / For The Times
When the Rev. Melvin Ashley Jr. saw the for sale/lease sign on the side of the dilapidated Bethlehem Baptist Church a year ago, he found the answer to his prayers. At the time, he was searching for a venue where he could house his congregation, Faith-Build International, and extend its social work from Watts to the distressed South Los Angeles neighborhood of Central-Alameda.

What he did not realize was that he had also stumbled on an endangered architectural gem that needed him as much as he needed it. Bethlehem Baptist Church, built in 1944, is the only church designed by Modernist architect Rudolph M. Schindler and one of the few intact Modernist structures in South L.A., according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. [read more]


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