Tuesday, February 17, 2009

City of the Seekers: L.A.'s Unique Spiritual Legacy

Mount Washington Hotel
L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument No. 845, Mount Washington Hotel/Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters

Your reading this post makes me think you already know the Los Angeles Conservancy is sponsoring a self-driving tour of “five historic sites related to spiritual organizations that took root in Los Angeles in the early part of the twentieth century.” The sites are: Angelus Temple; the Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center; Chapel of the Jesus Ethic; the Philosophical Research Society; and the Bonnie Brae House, home of the Pentecostal movement.

Two of the stops – the Philosophical Research Society and the Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center (the former Mount Washington Hotel, pictured above) – are Historic-Cultural Monuments, and I’m going to take full advantage of the Conservancy tour to visit them (even though I won’t be blogging about them until, like, 2012 and 2015). I’m also planning on getting the answer to why Aimee Semple McPherson’s Angelus Temple is not a city landmark, despite being both listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of just seven National Historic Landmarks located in L.A.

The tour is March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Go here for more information and tickets, please.

The shot of the Mount Washington Hotel is from the Los Angeles Public Library online photo archive.


Anonymous said...

Also in the Los Angeles Conservancy link is some wonderful "related events". I've never been to the Mount Washington site. Goodness, I live so near to it.

rudyfan1926 said...

Might want to check into SRF Mount Washington Center sooner rather than later, they're planning on a big renovation/restoration and will be lcosing access to Mt. Washington.