photo from the Los Angeles Public Library archives
The Temple was also featured on NPR today.
image by St. Sophia
Have you ever been inside the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (LA’s largest Greek Orthodox church and LA Historic Cultural Monument #120)? Its amazing. Back in 2001, we documented and conserved of all twenty-one painted icons that fit into the altar screen. We also restored the painted surfaces and gilding on the altar screen, throne and pulpit.
Check out Doug Santo’s pictures of the cathedral on flickr, they’re beautiful.
We’re also gearing up to start work on Phase 2 – the restoration of the historic school on the Wilshire Boulevard campus.
And, a new book has just been released all about the history and restoration of the Temple.
Work is in progress on a mural restoration/recreation at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. This beautiful art deco movie palace originally opened in 1931, and is on the National register is also LA historic Cultural Monument #251. We’ve completed a couple of restoration projects here over the last 5 years.
Come check out the amazing restoration of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Sunday April 27th starting at 1pm, tickets are still available through the LA Conservancy. We’ll be there to talk about the Zenitherm and all the decorative finishes we restored!
Philanthropist and member Erika Glazer just pledged $30 million over the next 15 years towards the restoration of the Wilshire Temple.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s congregation was the first synagogue in Los Angeles, and the current temple was built in 1929. This Byzantine strucutre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The restoration work start in October 2011 and is scheduled for completion for Rosh Hashanah services this September.
KC Restoration and Lehne & Son have been working at the Temple for years painting and maintaining the doors and windows. Our current work during this huge restoration project includes decorative paint restoration, gilding, stenciling restoration, restoring and recreating the Zenitherm, door restoration, and window restoration (including some of the decorative leaded glass windows).
Check out this article and pictures at the LA Times, our own Amy Higgins even made it into one of the pictures.