SPPF ‘Architecture of Faith’ | Gearing up for the Historical Church Tour

Walking tours, slated from noon to 4 p.m. on May 4, will be conducted by docents. Participating churches include: Grace Brethren, Church, Calvary Presbyterian Church, James Episcopal Church, South Pasadena Christian Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, and Oneonta Congregational Church

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | As part of Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Dan Evans, above, talked about the South Pasadena Preservation’s upcoming tour of local churches on Saturday, May 4, in the city. Evans is a member of the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation

As part of the SP Preservation Foundation’s ongoing mission of connecting the public with the history of South Pasadena, SPPF is back with another fantastic and unique tour of historic architecture: the ‘Architecture of Faith’ Historic Church Tour.

“This year we’re doing something a little different,” SPPF member Dan Evans told the local City Council on Wednesday night, noting that on Saturday, May 4, the organization will conduct a very special tour of historic South Pasadena churches.

The walking tours, slated from 12:00 pm to 4 pm, will be conducted by SPPF docents and church docents in cooperation with the church leadership:

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  • Grace Brethren Church
  • Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • St. James Episcopal Church
  • South Pasadena Christian Church
  • Holy Family Catholic Church
  • Oneonta Congregational Church

The history and architecture will be highlighted at each site. “There’s some rather amazing history behind each of our churches,” said Evens. “All of them have been very important in the life and development of our city, and remain so today.”

The churches represent a variety of styles, including Mission Revival, English Norman, Gothic Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival, and Modern.

In addition, guests will be invited to the “Architecture of Faith” exhibition at the South Pasadena Historical Museum. A closing reception will be held at Oneonta Congregational Church and feature light refreshments.

The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation is an all-volunteer organization with a mission to foster awareness and appreciation of the historic heritage of South Pasadena. The organization also oversees the South Pasadena Historical Museum

Tickets to the church tour event are $30 per person in advance; $35 at the door; children under 12 are free. They are available at sppreservation.org