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First Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, CA

September 16, 2016


Of all the recent additions to the database, this one is or was most assuredly Akron-Auditorium. I say “was” because it seems to have been replaced by another building that I’d guess was almost contemporary. You can tell they were on the same site because of that snippet of dormer on the very far left of the image: a county courthouse that is still standing.

Their current website has this to say:

The original building served for twenty years. Pastors of Stated Supply led the worship services between 1889 and 1905. By 1902 there were 350 church members and a city population had swollen to 5,000. There was a definite need for a new building. Property and building on the southeast corner were traded for 3 lots on the northeast corned for $1500. The second building was completed in 1906 at a constructed at a cost of $70,000. In the early 1900’s the city (now the county seat) flourished with a library, fire station, county court-house , school house and business establishments. The local newspaper reported such things as the abolishment by popular vote of saloons in 1903 (after W.C.T.U. reacted to the proposal of a seventh one), the razing of Chinatown at Third and Bush in 1906 after a case of leprosy was rumored, and the fantastic accomplishments of young Glen Martin in 1910 when he flew his first hand-built airplane at what was later Eddie West Field. Glen’s mother was a member of Santa Ana First Presbyterian Church. The membership had grown to over a thousand.

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