|Trinity Presbyterian Church by Culver Heaton (1961). Photo ©Darren Bradley|
I spotted this humongous A-frame perched up on top of a hill while I was driving past on the freeway.
|There it is up on the hill, on the right. No, I wasn't shooting photos while driving on the freeway. |
This photo is courtesy of Google street view.
|Steve's blog always has great stuff on it. And he updates it much more frequently than I do, mine. That's his photo of this place.|
Anyway, I couldn't leave without taking a few photos. Plus, I had to see the inside. So I went over to the office and met the Pastor. Rev. Randy Yenter was glad to open up the sanctuary to show me, and let me take photos. He was extremely kind and we had a nice chat. He's been leading that congregation for more than 30 years now.
The church was built before Rev. Yenter arrived, but I was surprised and impressed that he knew who the architect was (Culver Heaton), and also very much appreciated the design of the church. His one complaint was that it was difficult to cool in the summer and heat in the winter, due to rising electricity costs.
|Close up detail of the colored glass disks that form the centerpiece of the church. Photo ©Darren Bradley|
I hadn't heard of Heaton before, so I started doing a little research. There's not a lot out there about him. He founded his own practice in 1951 in Pasadena. He focused primarily on churches and banks, it would seem. Rev. Yenter said Heaton had designed at least 30 churches in Southern California. Apparently, they were mostly A-Frames, too. Here are a few photos of some of his other work:
|Atlas Federal Savings & Loan in Pasadena, by Culver Heaton. Photo by Maynard Parker, courtesy of the Huntington Digital Library.|
|Masonic Temple in San Bernardino by Culver Heaton. Photo by Maynard Parker, courtesy of the Huntington Digital Library.|
|The interior of the Masonic Temple is pretty insane. Wonder if it's still there... Reminds me a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop in San Francisco. Photo by Maynard Parker, courtesy of Huntington Digital Library.|
|Trinity Church. Photo ©Darren Bradley|