I began my own nerdy version of Los Angeles tourism this week when I went to check out a site that all of my fellow classmates are most likely completely unaware of. After moving to downtown L.A. for the month I've been checking out my map on my iPhone for any interesting nearby sites. I noticed one which was not too far away that I immediately wanted to check out.
When I've gone home to Battle Ground for various breaks in the last four or five years I've almost always worshipped with some close friends at the Foursquare church in town. So I have a certain sense of connection with this denomination which is more officially known as the "International Church of the Foursquare Gospel," which is sort of your run-of-the-mill charismatic denomination. It turns out that this denomination was started by a woman in the 1920's named Aimee Semple McPherson. The denomination had its start at the Angelus Temple, a church building constructed under the direction of McPherson in downtown Los Angeles in 1923.
So I noticed that the Angelus Temple was not too far from where I'm currently living and working so it was high on my list of places to check out. I did just that this week. There wasn't actually much to see and the building was locked up so I couldn't go inside. It was hard to get a good picture of the whole building so here are some photos of some plaques I found kind of interesting: