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Presbyterian Church, Pomona, CA

July 23, 2017

Hybrid churches, with aspects of both late Gothic Revival and the Arts & Crafts, were especially popular in Southern California. Coincidentally, they were also styles favored for the Hollywood mansions of early silent film stars; see “Pick-Fair,” the Douglas Fairbanks-Mary Pickford home, as a fine example.

Pomona’s First Presbyterian church stood from its construction in 1907 until it burned in February 1985. And with the building, its library, scrapbooks, photos and other memorabilia were also lost. It my be that postcard views like this will remain my best source of visual information. The corner entry and book-matched auditorium facades suggest a 45° sanctuary orientation and the potential for a movable partition to the left of that axis. That deep valley between the two gable roofs could be a problem, however. Still, I’m hopeful.

 

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