AKA: Presbyterian Storm Cellar, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Eisen and Son, Firm #2, Architects (firm); Percy Augustus Eisen (architect); Theodore Augustus Eisen (architect)

Dates: constructed 1909-1910

Gower Street and Carlos Street
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-5422

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Located under the current (2009) gymnasium of 1st Presbyterian Church, Hollywood.

This congregation, which would eventually become one of the largest Presbyterian parishes in the world, received permission from the Presbytery of Los Angeles to start a church in the then far-flung community of Hollywood in 12/1903. Hollywood itself incorporated in 1903 and remained an independent city until it accepted annexation to Los Angeles in 1921. The congregation held its services in rented quarters between 1903-1908, when construction on their first church began in 10/1909. This long, low facility was located underground, covered by a shallowly-pitched gable roof supported by thick brick walls. This church would operate from its completion in 03/1910 until it was superseded by a far more grand Gothic building in 1925.

Original address: 152 North Gower Street;

PCAD id: 14550