AKA: Saint Paul's Episcopal Church #2, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - cathedrals; built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Johnson, Kaufmann, and Coate, Architects (firm); Roland Eli Coate Sr. (architect); Reginald Davis Johnson (architect); Gordon Bernie Kaufmann (architect)

Dates: constructed 1924-1925

615 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017-3405

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Building History

In 05/1921, the Saint Paul's Episcopal church traded its property on Olive Street south of Fifth Street for two lots on Figueroa Street between Sixth Street and Orange Street. Presumably, this trade occurred with the developer of the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown, Los Angeles, CA. In addition, the church received $300,000 for the construction of a new facility. Architect Reginald Johnson's father, Joseph Horsfall Johnson, was the first Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles serving from 1896-1928. Through this connection, Reginald received many commissions for Episcopalian churches in the 1920s.

Building Notes

Photographs of Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate's Saint Paul's Cathedral design were displayed at the 1925 International Exposition of Architecture and Allied Arts at the Grand Central Palace in New York, NY. In its review of the exhibition, the American Architect stated that "The St. Paul's Cathedral, Los Angeles, by Johnson, Kaufmann and Coate, Los Angeles, is treated in a most dignified and unusual manner." (See "Interior Architecture," American Architect, vol. CXXVII, no. 2471, 05/06/1925, p. 426.)

A permit to raze was granted in 08/1971; building was still standing as of 06/09/1979, when it was for sale or lease.

PCAD id: 1013