Angelus Temple

(Echo Park, California, Reopened 2002)

Dating from the 1920’s, this 3500-seat auditorium with one of the few free-spanning domes in Southern California and is on the national historic registry for the events surrounding the birth of the Foursquare Gospel church, which occurred in this area in the early part of the 20th century. It was suffering from earthquake damage and disrepair and the local congregation had dwindled to less than 100. The denomination decided to re-establish not only the building, but also the effectiveness of its local social outreach. From 1996 until 2002, the repair and reorganization took place, ultimately teaming up with the Dream Center in Los Angeles. Reveal Studio not only did the renovation design, but also worked hand-in-hand with the Dream Center to develop appropriate design solutions to facilitate their modern equipment and their progressive inner city ministries.