ECHO PARK – The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which was founded by legendary evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, owns a substantial amount of real estate in the neighborhood, including the eight-story Citibank office building (the tallest building in Echo Park) and, of course, Angelus Temple, the domed church where Sister Aimee preached. The church also owns numerous apartment buildings and lots around the lake, including a nearly century-old Craftsman four-plex at 1121 Echo Park Avenue. Now, the church has put the building near Echo Park Lake up for sale, according to Redfin.
The apartments in the renovated, two-story building, which is partially hidden by a tall hedge, have retained what appears to be the original woodwork and other period details. There’s also two upstairs balconies and, according to the listing, a “party perfect” backyard that is now a concrete parking lot. The church, which paid $278,000 for the property back in 2004, looks to be cashing in on the jump in Echo Park property values by seeking a buyer willing to pay $1.439 million, according to Redfin.