Monday, April 27, 2009

C is for Church

Church of Christ Scientist, in Avalon, California



Or at least it was.

The building, and the property it sits on, just barely borders where I live at one corner.  And they were very pleasant neighbors but as I understand it, the congregation has dwindled over the years, and now the building is up for sale.

Built in 1928-29 by architect Hans Wallner, the design is supposed to be based on an etching of the Franciscan church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. One of Wallner's clients here on Catalina Island in the 1920's was Philip K. Wrigley. A close friend told me once that Wrigley's wife Helen was active in the church's original congregation at the time.

I've never been inside the building, but I am very curious! Don't you wonder what it looks like beyond the gate and up those stairs?


5 comments:

beentsy said...

Come on! Jump the gate, take some picis. It'll be an adventure! I'd totally come with you, but I'm up here in Canada. Sigh.

Wool Enough said...

Hey, if it's for sale, maybe they'll have an Open House. I'd get on a boat for that event.

Mia said...

oh yeah, I'd LOVE to see inside there!

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow. That is one of the most intriguing buildings I've seen in a while. I'd most certainly want to know what is beyond those stairs!!!!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I'd have been in there already as you know my penchant for abandoned buildings. I'm sure it's easier where you live as you don't have people watching your every move. Go for it. Walk on the wild side. Get those pictures! That little fence should be no obstacle at all. xxoo