|Our Lady of the Bright Mountain Parish - Los Angeles, CA|
The simplicity of Our Lady of the Bright Mount's boxy, mid-Century exterior belies an interesting history. Built in the front yard of what was once Fatty Arbuckle's West Adams estate, the church and its Edwardian-era grounds are now the home of the Los Angeles Polish Festival. Every year, Southern California's Polish population flocks to get a taste of the homeland and an audience with His Holiness.
The ceilings, the structure, the materials are all textbook Mid-Century Modern architecture. It is the windows, however, that distinguish Our Lady of the Bright Mount as a wacky tacky landmark. Echoing Eyvind Earle's art direction in Sleeping Beauty (1959), the stained glass artwork of this church masterfully straddles the aesthetic line between Medieval and mid-Century.
|While she was clearly inspired by the images in the stained glass, |
I nevertheless asked Cynthia why she was praying. After her "amen"
she simply told me, "Man, 'We got to pray just to make it today!'"
"Pray" - MC Hammer
I suppose it is impossible for me to convert to Polish, but maybe if I convert to Catholicism I'll be a little bit closer. Does Our Lady of the Bright Mount Parish (not to mention its next door neighbor) have you seeking sanctuary? Do you have any cool churches in your neighborhood? Do you attend an architecturally-significant church (for more than just the free communion)?
Our Lady of the Bright Mount Parish
3424 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA