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.