Immanuel’s gothic style building is now recognized as historic landmark #78 for the City of Los Angeles, and includes stunning architecture and stained glass windows. The current building was designed by Architects Chauncy F Skilling and HM Patterson in a Gothic Revival Style. Skilling was active in the church from 1916, and designed the building to “induce the spirit of worship in all who enter its doors.”
The rooms and chapels are mostly named after men and women who were devoted to the church, including Westminster Chapel, Chichester Chapel (named after the founder), McVay Hall, and Johnson Hall.
A bell tower rises 205 feet, and is a recognized landmark along Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile in mid-Los Angeles.
The Main Sanctuary includes stenciled hammer-beamed ceilings supported by cluster columns, a carved wood pulpit, chandeliers and oak furnishings. The gothic-inspired cathedral is filled with graceful arches, stunning stained glass windows, and intricately carved woodwork.
In the Main Sanctuary, the Gothic Revival Style is displayed in the transom stained glass window in the Gothic arch. This traditional style was installed with the original building in 1929, and the windows contain symbols of Trinity and Missionaries.
These rich tone stained glass windows have been designed with deep symbolism and meaning in alignment with the church. The majority of the original windows were created by Dixon Art Glass Company of Los Angeles, and depict scenes from the Life of Christ.
Many windows on the main floor were designed by Judson Studios in the 1970s, and tell the story of the apostles, including: Peter, Matthias, John, Philip, James the Less, Andrew, and Matthew.
The Westminster Chapel windows were installed during a remodel in 1958, and were made by Willet Stain Glass Studios of Philadelphia.
Each stained glass window has a name and a meaningful story. For example, The Rose Window (a gift from Women’s Aid Society) is located in the Chichester Chapel, and the intricate design includes a flower with symbols for the Mother of Jesus.
We are proud of the deep history of Immanuel Presbyterian Church building, and are committed to preserving and enhancing its beauty and utility as a house of worship and historic landmark.
Book: Immanuel Presbyterian Church: 100 Years of Caring and Sharing (1888-1988)
Book: Windows of Immanuel (Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010)