For this week’s Thursday Doors, I am sharing recent photos I took of a neighborhood church. I probably mentioned this before, but we have a lot of really old buildings in my town (well, old for southern California). I am sure I have passed this church many times in the last thirty years, but since I don’t attend it, I never noticed how old it was–not until my friend asked me to take photos and videos of the outside for her husband’s garden memorial. The grounds are not huge, but the doors and architecture are ornate, reminding me of European buildings. This is an episcopal church, with roots from the Church of England, which might explain some of the similarities. I found a stone near one of the doors with a date of June 6, 1887, but this is just when the congregation got started as a mission in another part of the town. As the congregation grew, the church moved a few times and built this large stone structure in 1904, after Mrs. Albert Burrage donated the land (side note – the Burrages have an enormous mansion near my house, and when I get a chance, I will take photos and share that equally impressive building).
The intricately detailed work extends up the building to the gabled roof. The church has a beautiful courtyard and memorial garden too.
Similar detailing and massive stonework carries around to the front of the church. There are matching doors to those in the back.