Schindler Church Open House, part 2

steve wallet architect Bethlehem Baptist Church Open House Handout 2014-4-12See my Schindler research at SCHINDLER INDEX

The Open House for Schindler’s Bethlehem Baptist Church was held two days ago. I had a great time talking about the building with all the Schindler fans who came. I wish I had had more time to talk to everyone.

Attached is the flyer I prepared for the event. You can download it as a pdf by clicking on the image.

Many thanks and the longest distance traveled award goes to Robert and Wendy of Austin, Texas who came out specifically to see the Church. His wonderful description of the event, with lots of great pictures, is on his blog here.

And extra, extra special thanks to my patient copy editor, Lisa Rini, for her invaluable help with the handout. I couldn’t do it without her!

Here are more pictures of the Open House, thanks to architectural historian John Crosse. Check out his Southern California Architectural History website, it’s great.

A radio program about the Open House,  by Frances Anderton of KCRW . To go directly to the story on the Church, click on the Schindler Church button, on the lower left of the media player.

If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Open House, you can now see one of Schindler’s great designs any Sunday. Faith Build International has started regular Sunday services and everyone is welcome. Don’t miss it!

Faith Build International
services every Sunday at 11AM
at Schindler’s Bethlehem Baptist Church
4901 Compton Ave
Los Angeles, CA

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a Cat’s Seder

steve wallet architect cat cartoon passover four questions 2014-4-14Tonight begins the eight day celebration of Passover.

Passover celebrates freedom by retelling the story of the exodus from Egypt. On the first night, it is celebrated at home with a dinner that includes special food and readings from the Haggadah. A Haggadah tells the Exodus story, lays out the traditional order of the Seder meal and explains the meaning of the symbolic foods included in the meal.

One tradition is to invite friends and family to share the Seder meal. This year my generous, and patient, father invited Our Cat – as told in these cartoons.

TOP, Four Questions   One tradition of the Seder is to read the Four Questions, which explains some of the Seder symbols. They are traditionally read by the youngest person. This year that honor fell to Our Cat. It recently occurred to Our Cat, or at least to me, that there are really five questions, or one question and four answers, or one main question and four sub-questions. Here he asks my wise father for a little clarification.

steve wallet architect cat cartoon passover bitter herb 2014-4-14MIDDLE, Bitter herbs   One of the Passover traditions is to eat bitter herbs, as explained in the second (or is it the third?) question: Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but on this night we eat bitter herbs? We eat only Maror, a bitter herb, to remind us of the bitterness of slavery that our ancestors endured while in Egypt.

BOTTOM, Reclining   Another Passover tradition is to recline at the table, as explained in the fourth question  Why is it that on all other nights we dine either sitting upright or reclining, but on this night we all recline? We recline at the Seder table because in ancient times, a person who reclined at a meal was a free person, while slaves and servants stood. 

steve wallet architect cat cartoon passover recline 2014-4-14Happy Passover to all


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Schindler Church Open House

Bethlehem Baptist Church courtyard 2014-2-7steve wallet architect Bethlehem Baptist Church 2013-4-27 copyYour first chance to see Schindler’s  only church!

See my Schindler research at SCHINDLER INDEX

When I first saw the Bethlehem Baptist Church last year I immediately fell in love with it, but I was saddened by its condition. Underneath the peeling paint, graffiti and years of neglect was a bold design. That set me off on a year of research into this amazing building.

steve wallet architect BBC Open House flyer 2014-3-14Schindler designed the Church in 1944 for a black congregation in an urban neighborhood in South LA. It was sold after the original congregation moved out of the neighborhood. It passed through a number of owners, none with the resources to maintain it. It has been abandoned and boarded up for years.

Recently I got some wonderful news. The Church has been repaired and a new congregation, Faith Build International, is moving in. They are having an Open House at the Church next month. This is the first time anyone has been able to see the marvelous, light-filled interior in many years.

Bethlehem Baptist Church Open House
Saturday, April 12, 2014
11AM to 1PM
4901 Compton Ave., Los Angeles  90001

Download the Open House pdf by clicking on the flyer photo.

This event is open to the public – so this is your chance to see this hidden gem. Take my word for it, the only way to really experience a Schindler building is to visit it – photographs can’t fully convey his buildings.

See you at the Open House!

PS I will be writing a series of articles on the design of the Church. This image is a peek at what’s to come – the church in its original colors. Stay tuned.
steve wallet architect Bethlehem Baptist Church 3-16-2014

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Stories my Father tells me – Small Town

steve wallet architect small town comic cartoon page 1 2014-2-5World War II brought different people together as they were moved into new roles and to new locations. Many of my father’s stories revolve around these encounters – of people in new situations.

This is one of those stories.



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