Neighborhood Fixture: New paint and pride for an old Echo Park church

The dusty and dingy white exterior of the nearly century-old Echo Park church at the corner of Morton and Parmer avenues was recently repainted a bold shade of terra cotta red with mustard trim.  The colors might be too bold for some but the new look has helped highlight the steeple and the old stained glass windows of the Faith Christ Church Los Angeles (though at least two walls have been left unpainted).  When the church was completed in 1914, it was known as Providence Congregational Church. An L.A. Times story said the church reflected the sweat and labor of its parishioners and leaders, the Rev. John H. Cooper and pastor A.E. Reinschmidt:

Rev. Reinschmidt has been a conspicuous character in blue overalls ever since the work first began, aiding in every way that was possible. Rev. Cooper, in addition to an exceptional and liberal donation by Mrs. Cooper and himself, undertook to do all the painting and tinting gratis, the greater part of which has already been completed.

What would Rev. Cooper think of those new colors?

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  1. I love the colors! As I live right up the street from the church, I drive by there every day, and I was so happy to see the transformation!

  2. A Craftsman palate for a Craftsman building.

    I’ve always thought that church would be a standout with a little bit of polish.

  3. Not all the neighbors may agree on the color palate, but I for one am glad to see the care being taken to restore the building. Kudos!

  4. Colors too bold? Not bold enough! But since it is a church… Love it

  5. it looks wonderful!

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