Friday, July 22, 2011

First Methodist Church

This romantically sculptural church structure sits in a man-made pond. It was built in 1965 to the designs of architect Hal C Whitemore, about whom I know nothing. Can't help but wish we had more of his work here...

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  1. I found Hal C. Whittemore in the 1970 AIA Directory, he was from Michigan (born 1920), and lived and worked out of Pacific Palisades.

    HAL CASE WHITTEMORE, AIA 56. Southern California Chapter

    Hal C. Whittemore & Assoc s, 855 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades, Calif. 90272.

    Home Add: 607 Muskingum Ave, Pacific Palisades, Calif. 90272.

    b. Ann Arbor, Mich, Nov. 26, 1920.
    Educ: B.Arch, Univ. Mich, 51; Tau Sigma
    Delta, 40.

    Previous Firms: Principal, Hal C. Whittemore & Assocs, 55-60;
    partner, Whittemore & Plttam, 60-62.
    Present Firm: Hal C. Whittemore & Assocs, org.

    Projects included Bel Air Presbyterian Church, 1961; First Methodist Church, Escondido, 1966; First Methodist Church, Garden Grove, 19 67; Trinity United Presby. Church, Santa Ana, 1968; North Valley YMCA, San Fernando Valley, 1969.

    I also see him listed as architect of the La Tijera Methodist Church in Inglewood, as well as the wonderful Star of Creation chapel in Westchester.

    I can’t find a record of death, so it appears he’s still alive!