AKA: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Cram and Ferguson, Architects (firm); Lunden, Samuel Eugene, FAIA, Architect (firm); Martin, Albert C., Sr., Architect (firm); Ralph Adams Cram (architect); Frank W. Ferguson (architect); Samuel Eugene Lunden (architect); Albert Carey Martin Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1923-1925

2 stories

621 West Adams Boulevard
Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Los Angeles

The Boston firm of Cram and Ferguson collaborated with Los Angeles architect A.C. Martin on the design of this church's interior. Martin completed the exterior design. In the estimation of architectural historians David Gebhard and Robert Winter, St. Vincent de Paul "Certainly [was] one of the principal landmarks of L.A. and one of the Spanish Colonial Revival in California. The Spanish Churrigueresque of Mexico was used as a design source for this church, ...inspired by Bertram G. Goodhue's California Building at the 1915 San Diego Exposition." (See David Gebhard and Robert Winter, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, [Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith Publisher, Incorporated, 1994], p. 267.)

The oil tycoon, Edward L. Doheny, Sr., (1856-1935) contributed significantly to the erection of this church; his wealth enabled the commissioning of the pre-eminent church-building firm in the U.S. at the time, Cram and Ferguson of New York, NY.

PCAD id: 154