Escher GuneWardena Restoring Historic Church


Architecture firm Escher GuneWardena, best known for mid-century restoration projects like the Eames House and Chemosphere, and their own contemporary design, has taken on the task of restoring Lincoln Height’s Church of the Epiphany. The 1888 structure is undergoing a major overhaul, including stabilizing the foundation, building a new kitchen, repairing the stone facade and restoring the the windows.

The church itself has a long and storied history in the community since its founding. It was the L.A. base for Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers Movement in the 1960s, and was also the physical heart of the Chicano civil rights movement. It also served as the local headquarters for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign.

Today, the church still provides vital spiritual, political and community-oriented services including AA and NA meetings, the Wall – Las Memorias Project serving the Latino population affected by HIV and AIDS, Equality California, a food bank, health and fitness programs, day care, and immigrants rights forums.

This Friday, Nov 4th, the Church is teaming with gallery Blum & Poe and artist Sharon Lockhart to host a benefit auction to help raise the needed restoration funds. Taking place at Blum & Poe’s second floor gallery, the auction features work by John Baldessari, Sister Corita Kent, Yunhee Min, James Welling, Pae White and many others. The reception begins at 6pm and the live auction starts at 7:30. Blum & Poe is located at 2727 S. La Cienega Boulevard
​​​Los Angeles, CA 9002. 

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