Ecclesiastical Architecture Tour
Churches of North Brand Boulevard

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Date and Time

Saturday, October 19
11:00 am – 2:00 pm


$15 TGHS Members | $25 General Public.
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Explore the exterior and interior spaces of four architecturally significant churches on North Brand Boulevard in Glendale, including:

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (1949), 1020 N. Brand Blvd: A Neo-Gothic Revival-influenced church designed by Carleton M. Winslow AIA, who was one of the most prominent California architects in the early 20th century. In 1911, he designed several of the Spanish Colonial Revival buildings in San Diego’s Balboa Park and, with Bertram Goodhue, the iconic Los Angeles Public Library building. A poured concrete structure with a red tile roof, the church is illuminated by almost 60 stained glass windows produced by Judson Studios. 

Church of the Incarnation (1951), 1001 N. Brand Blvd: A Public Works Administration (PWA) Moderne-style building that draws from traditional motifs such as Beaux-Arts classicism and Art Deco. It was designed by noted architect Gene Verge, Sr. AIA, who also designed the parish school building and the current rectory. He worked for several architectural firms and, in 1928, established his own company. Verge’s other notable works include the Buster Keaton House (1926) in Beverly Hills and The Jonathan Club (1927) in Santa Monica.

Salem Lutheran Church (1959), 1211 N. Brand Blvd: A Mid-century Modern sanctuary designed by award-winning architect Culver Heaton FAIA. Its distinctive A-frame silhouette, called “the Tent Form,” is punctuated by a soaring contemporary interpretation of a bell tower.  The main building features a floating end wall with an elaborate tile mural. Heaton designed more than 100 churches in California, Arizona and Nevada, including the Chapel of the Jesus Ethic in Glendale.

First Church of Christ, Scientist (1989), 1320 N. Brand Blvd: A Post-Modern Gothic-style building designed by the influential architect Charles W. Moore FAIA of the nationally recognized firm of Moore Ruble Yudell. In 1991 Moore won the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious Gold Medal Award. The large church complex was carefully designed to be compatible with the otherwise low-scale, Period Revival-style neighborhood.  Its modern materials were scaled to compliment the design, and the mass was reduced by using different roof heights.


Guests may start the tour at any location and will walk or drive to each church where docents will guide tour-goers inside and around the properties. The tour will be held regardless of weather. Tickets are non-refundable.

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