New spires rise above Echo Park

The skyline of Echo Park is dotted with numerous church bell towers, steeples and, of course, the silver dome and neon cross atop Angelus Temple overlooking Echo Park Lake.  Now, Echo Park’s religious landscape has added a trio of narrow steeples that rise above the newly built Church of Christ at 141 N. Union Avenue.   The  $7.6 million chapel replaced the existing church on the same site in the southern edge of Echo Park.  On Saturday, residents who have watched the new church under construction are invited to tour the 800-seat chapel as  part of a Neighborhood Appreciation Day.

The stretch of Union Avenue between Temple Street and Beverly Boulevard is a magnet for the faithful. Two other churches, Our Lady Of Loreto and Filipino Christian Church, are also located on Union Avenue.

Photo courtesy Church of Christ


  1. 7.6 million for a building to worship “god”… if there was a god… would he not rather his “people” spend their monies on shelters, education, food, tsunami relief ….. a million other things. What a sad joke religion/organized religion is.

  2. That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking each time I’ve walked by that place since it started going up.
    Though it beats the liquor stores/eyesores on either end of Union.

  3. Carmine the big ragu

    Exactly, what the others said. Why waste 7 million on your fancy church when thousands are starving here and in Japan? Wouldn’t a kinder “God” want to help people than pay for a new fancy place to steal more folk’s money? This church symbolizes all that I hate about religion as a whole.

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