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Angelus Temple

Los Angeles, California
County of Los Angeles.
1100 Glendale Boulevard
National Register Number: 92001875
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2002.
Congressional District: CA-30 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Active church..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 27, 1992):
Complete in 1923, this was the base of operations for Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), a pioneer in the field of radio evangelism and the first to incorporate Hollywood and vaudeville style entertainment techniques in her broadcast sermons and preaching. Her doctrines--summarized as the "Foursquare Gospel"-- have served as a model for many modern Pentacostal evangelists. McPherson had Angelus Temple constructed following her design guidance in 1923. It is an unusal gore-shaped, domed, reinforced concrete auditorium that seats 5,300. The dome, surmounted by a highly visible neon-lit cross, served as a beacon to the vast numbers who came to hear Sister Aimee preach. During the Depression the Temple provided an important food and shelter service to the entire community.

A new pastor has been installed and the plans for alterations to the sanctuary have been revised to conform to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. When the work is completed, the church will reopen for services.


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