The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation (SPPF) is providing community members with an inside look at local churches as part of a special event on Saturday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. For the first time, the SPPF is sponsoring an opportunity for guests to visit six of South Pasadena’s outstanding churches.
Churches have been an integral part of the history and culture of South Pasadena since its inception. Although the city comprises only a few square miles, it is rich with churches representing a variety of styles, including Mission Revival, English Norman, Gothic Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival, and Modern.
Churches on the tour include:
- Grace Brethren Church
- Calvary Presbyterian Church
- James Episcopal Church
- South Pasadena Christian Church
- Holy Family Catholic Church
- Oneonta Congregational Church
Participants will be treated to a unique perspective of the interiors of these incredible feats of architecture that have withstood the test of time (and trembling ground). Docent-led tours will discuss each church’s history and rich layers of artistry, much of it hand-hewn, and featuring stonework, stained glass, woodcarving, metalwork, marble and cast statuary, and much more.
As part of the tour, guests will be invited to the “Architecture of Faith” exhibition at the South Pasadena Historical Museum, and to the closing reception at the Oneonta Congregational Church, featuring light refreshments.
Tickets are $30 per person in advance; $35 at the door; children under 12 are free.
Tickets are available at sppreservation.org
The churches are sacred spaces, but also historic places with a community basis, and there is sure to be something to be learned at this inspiring and educational event.
The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation is an all-volunteer organization that proudly continues its mission of fostering awareness and appreciation of the historic heritage of South Pasadena, and advocating and facilitating the preservation of significant examples of that heritage. It also oversees the South Pasadena Historical Museum. For more information and to become a member, visit sppreservation.org.