AKA: Biola College, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA; Church of the Open Door, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools

Designers: Walker and Vawter, Architects (firm); John Terrell Vawter (architect); Albert Raymond Walker (architect)

Dates: constructed 1915-1916, demolished 1988

13 stories

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558 South Hope Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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The Bible Institute of Los Angeles stood at 536-558 South Hope Street.

Building History

The Bible Institute of Los Angeles renamed itself "Biola College" in 1949, and moved its operations to a site in La Mirada, CA, a decade later.

Building Notes

A 1928 advertisement for the Bible Institute of Los Angeles recited the following facts about the 12-year-old school: "The Bible Institute of Los Angeles operates a Bible Training School in the heart of the City--has two 13-story fire-proof dorimitories, with over 600 rooms for the accommodation of men and women students--offers free instruction to resident students--has a pre-eminently capable teaching staff--offers a course in Christian Education, leading to credits in National Council of Religious Education--also a complete course in all Music branches, including individual and class instruction--offers a comprehensive Christian Service Medical Course--is interdenominational, co-operating with all evangelical churches and pastors--has accepted students from 46 states, 23 foreign countries, and 43 denominations--has sent over 300 graduates to foreign fields of service--has graduated a total of 1,510 students--operates its onw Radio, KTBI--is supported by the gifts of its friends." (See "In the Golden West," Bible Institute of Los Angeles advertisement, Theological Schools, 1928, p. 2443.)


The Bible Institute of Los Angeles building sustained damage in the 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake, and was razed the following year.

PCAD id: 17832