Friendship Baptist Church



California Preservation Foundation, 2000 Preservation Design Award

Los Angeles Conservancy, 2000 Preservation Award

Friendship Baptist Church
Pasadena, California

This Pasadena Landmark, severely damaged in the Northridge earthquake, was designed in 1924 by Norman Foote Marsh, a noted architect and designer of numerous religious and secular buildings. It blends the popular Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission styles into a 19,000 sq. ft. three-story structure and tower containing a distinct mission portico with sanctuary and chapel featuring dark wood trim and doors, stained glass and beamed ceilings. The rear portion is a simple three-story mission-style wing with meeting rooms, instruction rooms, a large social hall, and private church offices that continue the traditional feel of dark stained oak, transoms, and glass-paneled doors of the period. All seismic work, including new three-story reinforced gunite shear walls, was concealed. Restoration included re-establishing the original color scheme and cast stone finishes on the exterior; provision of new theater and period lighting upgrading general building heating and electrical systems. New handicap access was provided throughout ground floor.