Angelus Temple

1100 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, California


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Complete in 1923, this was the base of operations for Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), a pioneer in the field of radio evangelism and the first to incorporate Hollywood and vaudeville style entertainment techniques in her broadcast sermons and preaching. Her doctrines--summarized as the "Foursquare Gospel"-- have served as a model for many modern Pentacostal evangelists. McPherson had Angelus Temple constructed following her design guidance in 1923. It is an unusal gore-shaped, domed, reinforced concrete auditorium that seats 5,300. The dome, surmounted by a highly visible neon-lit cross, served as a beacon to the vast numbers who came to hear Sister Aimee preach. During the Depression the Temple provided an important food and shelter service to the entire community. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 27, 1992

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 27, 1992
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement
Areas of significance
Religion; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949

Update Log 

  • August 4, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger