Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This Weekend!
"City of the Seekers" Tour Explores Historic Religious Sites
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee for a special, one-time tour of historic sites related to spiritual organizations that are deeply woven into the history of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles has long been considered a place of reinvention and creation, be it in the arts, architecture, personal identity, spirituality, or virtually any other aspect of life. The city is home to a number of religious sites and organizations, many of whom started or took root here. “City of the Seekers” will celebrate this unique identity and the historic, often innovative architecture that embodies it. Tour stops include:

  • Angelus Temple (1923) in Echo Park, one of the most recognizable religious sites in Los Angeles, home of Aimee Semple McPherson’s Foursquare Gospel church, and one of only seven Los Angeles structures designated as a National Historic Landmark (the highest form of designation in the U.S.)

  • Bonnie Brae House (1896) in Historic Filipinotown, whose modern fa├žade belies its significance as the birthplace of the modern Pentecostal movement in North America

  • Chapel of the Jesus Ethic (1966) in Glendale, a modern gem located on the Glendale campus of the Foundation of Niscience (which means “knowing”)

  • Philosophical Research Society (1936) in Los Feliz, a Mayan Revival complex designed by architect Robert Stacy-Judd and home to the nonprofit Philosophical Research Society, founded in 1934 by Manly P. Hall

  • Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center (1909) in the former Mount Washington Hotel, which since 1925 has been the international headquarters of the Self-Realization Fellowship founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, widely considered the father of Yoga in the West

Tickets are $30, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, and $10 for kids twelve and under. All proceeds benefit the L.A. Conservancy's efforts to safeguard the historic resources of L.A. County.

For details and tickets, visit laconservancy.org. If you have questions, call (213) 623-2489 or e-mail info@laconservancy.org.

Hope to see you there!

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