This was a fun and interesting day! I was the tour guide/tour director. My small group from Saddleback Church had decided that we wanted to take a trip to Hollywood to attend our new campus in Hollywood at the Hollywood Palladium. We had decided we were going to take Metrolink, which on the weekends cost $10 and includes bus rides and light rail. This was nice, as we were going to take the Red Line from Union Station to the Hollywood and Vine station. The walk from the Hollywood and Vine station to the Hollywood Palladium was a long block walk.
We left Irvine station around 9:20 and made it to the Hollywood Palladium, almost in time for service to start at 11 a.m.
After we ate lunch, we headed out for a short tour of the area. One of the places we stopped was Amoeba Music.
As we continued walking down Sunset towards Highland, we stopped at a beautiful church that I have seen from the outside, but never from the inside. The church is known as the Blessed Sacrament Church.
The new church and school were designed by Thomas Franklin Power. Power designed the school, which opened in 1923, in an Italian Renaissance style. The enrollment at the time of the opening was 370 students. In 1919, the school had 140 students. Power then turned his attention to the church, which he adapted from Basilican style of Italian Renaissance style. The roof was made of tile instead of the flat roof typical of Roman churches. He designed the interior with flanking arches reminiscent of the San Paolo and St. Clement Basilicas in Rome. The new church was dedicated in June, 1928, with a 223 foot chimes tower, ornate exterior and seating for 1400 people.
The completion of the interior decoration and ornamentation was delayed when the Great Depression began in 1929. One interior element that did move forward during the Depression was the Stations of the Cross. Carlo Wostry, who was a noted Italian artist, had been hired to paint murals at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Pasadena, and was also hired to paint the Stations of the Cross at Blessed Sacrament. He started working on the Stations in Italy in 1930 and finished them in 1932. Finally in 1951, J. Earl Trudeau was hired to complete the interior design. the interior work was was finally completed in early 1954 and was chosen by Trudeau to be a simpler treatment, featuring economy of means both in the artistic and economic senses.
From there we headed up to Hollywood and Highland to see the shopping center, the "action" and Grauman's Chinese Theater. At the corner of Hollywood and Highland, is the Red Line, which we took back to Union Station. We explored Union Station and got some ice cream and sat in one of the patios until our train was scheduled to head back to Irvine. It was a fun and interesting day.