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The Art of Living Foundation, Los Angeles Center


The Art of Living Foundation, Los Angeles Center

948 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90007

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A gracious series of stepped terraces and balustrades guides visitors into the The Art of Living Foundation, Los Angeles Center, formerly the Second Church of Christ, Scientist. The ground floor sits eight feet above the sidewalk; the church walls are glazed white brick trimmed with matching terra cotta: the foundation is a native light gray granite. The portico’s six classical Corinthian columns rise 40 feet to the entablature bearing the church’s name in Roman capitals, capped by a pediment that reaches to 50 feet. Beyond the portico, and still higher yet, is a dome 70 feet in diameter crowned by a cupola. The patina of copper sheathing the dome and cupola complements the green glazed tile of the surrounding roof.

The church entry leads through a narrow vestibule surmounted by a vaulted ceiling to the foyer, a large reception room with a beamed and paneled ceiling, wainscotted walls and a mosaic tile floor.

Inside the auditorium, the dome on pendentive, rising some 90 feet above the auditorium floor, creates an encircling grandeur. The buildings’s innovative structural engineer, Albert Martin, built the largest poured concrete dome of its time through an elaborate reinforcement of concrete girders and steel trusses. To the rear of the auditorium are Readers’, Directors’ and Clerks’ rooms and a loft to house the pipes for the organ – 3 manuals, 47 ranks – installed by Los Angeles’ first organ manufacturer of recognized ability.

The wealth of classical interior detailing includes garlands, dentils, cornices, pilasters, brackets and glass windows designed by Rosenheim himself. Pews and high-panelled wainscoting are select mahogany stained soft red. In all, the design presents an imposing heavenward building of classical beauty and spiritual harmony.

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