AKA: First Congregational Church #4, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1903

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841 South Hope Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Building History

This fourth church for the 1st Congregational community was completed in 06/1903, and replaced the third, designed by the noted architect, Ernest Coxhead (1863-1933). This fourth church operated from 1903 until the 1932, although efforts to replace it had begun by the early 1920s. The Allison and Allison architectural firm had designed an unbuilt project for this Congregational community in 1922-1923. Dr. Carl Safford Patton (1866-1939), the church's pastor from 1918-1926, left Los Angeles for a position at the University of Chicago's seminary as a teacher; he was wooed back with the congregation's pledge to build a new church (1st Congregational Church #5), also designed by Allison and Allison, completed in 1932.

Building Notes

The Hildreth Memorial Organ, first installed in the 1st Congregational Church #3 in 02/1896, was rebuilt, enlarged and electrified when it was moved to this facility in 1903. It was further enhanced with the installation in the tower of a new echo organ in 07/1923. This echo organ was also operable from the main organ's console. (See Los Angeles Public Library, "Dedication of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles March 20th, 1932,"Accessed 11/05/2014.)


In 1918, fire damaged part of the church, but serious damage was prevented by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

PCAD id: 4289