The Church restored the distinguished Art Deco façade on Sycamore Street, preserving its historic elements—including the wrought iron lanterns lighting the entrance since 1931.
Among the many historical features the Church restored throughout the building are its leaded glass doors, ornate crystal lighting fixtures and the exquisite, hand-carved mahogany staircase leading from the grand lobby.
From the hardwood floors and carved fittings to the alabaster chandeliers, this historic landmark is restored to its early 20th century splendor—and now stands as a 21st century cultural hub for Orange County.
Among the many historical features the Church restored throughout the building are its leaded glass doors and the ornate crystal lighting fixtures.
Santa Ana’s eminent Performing Arts & Event Center building, today home of the Church of Scientology, was constructed in 1931 on ground already rich in local history. For it was just steps from this site, in 1869, city founder William Spurgeon surveyed the land from the bough of a sycamore tree and subsequently purchased 74 acres that would become Santa Ana.
The building, originally home of the Santa Ana Masonic Temple Lodge, is listed on city, state and national registers of historic landmarks. It stands as one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the county and was the creation of W. Horace Austin, who is also credited with designing the original Santa Ana City Hall, the Pacific Tower and the Press-Telegram building. The landmark served as the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center during the first decade of the 21st century.
After acquisition, the Church conducted meticulous
renovation to preserve the building’s façade and restore its
magnificent, Gothic Revival style interiors. Among the many
elements returned to their early 20th century condition are
the coffered and arched ceilings, leaded glass doors, as well
as the ornate glass and alabaster chandeliers. Particular
care was devoted to the extensive, original millwork,
including the hand-carved mahogany staircase and the
Masonic Lodge’s original puppet theater —a local cultural
landmark in itself.
Restored to its original splendor and dedicated as the
home of the Church of Scientology in June 2012, the building
remains a significant cultural center of Santa Ana and
Orange County for generations to come.
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