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Making LA: Rudolph Schindler's Bethlehem Baptist Church

design east of La Brea

Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

Making LA: Rudolph Schindler's Bethlehem Baptist Church

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Join de LaB on July 26th to tour a newly restored architectural gem, Rudolph Schindler's modernist masterpiece, Bethlehem Baptist Church in South LA. South LA's only Modernist building, the church was abandoned, covered in graffiti and deteriorating for nearly 40 years until Pastor Melvin Ashley of the Faith-Build International accidentally stumbled upon the building. The FBI resurrected the building and is now restored (with the exception of its original color scheme: "mulberry-gray exterior deepening to a rosy-violet and deep plum interior."

The 1944 building was made an LA Historic-Cultural Monument in 2009, but didn't find a savior until Ashley found it and rallied architect Steve Wallet and designer Brendan Ravenhill to work on the rehabilitation to house his congregation. The building is now open to the public for Sunday services every week at 11am.

Join us for a tour of this landmark with church administrator Capri Blount and designer Brendan Ravenhill, who will highlight the remarkable recovery of this piece of LA architectural history.


This is the seventh event in our Making LA series, which is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Making LA consists of ten free programs hosted throughout the city between fall 2013 and fall 2014 that focus on designers and architects working closely with communities and civic leaders to improve Los Angeles. The series will culminate in the Making LA conference in fall 2014, a one-day event where creative leaders from across Los Angeles will share best practices and investigate new ways to make their burgeoning civic, architectural or design projects a reality. Want to sponsor an upcoming event? Learn more

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Bethlehem Baptist Church
4901 Compton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

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design east of La Brea (you can call us "dee-lab") is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage the city. Through events that are educational, inspirational, and interactive, de LaB unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of LA.

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