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First Baptist Church of Venice, 2021. Photo by: Save Venice Facebook.

First Baptist Church of Venice

From its construction until 2017, the mid-century style building designed by architect George R. Williams was the home of the First Baptist Church of Venice, originally founded as an African American congregation in 1910. The founding of the First Baptist Church of Venice corresponded with the evolution of Oakwood, formerly known as West Venice, as an early enclave of African American residents. Churches were important foundations for the developing neighborhood. The First Baptist Church of Venice was one of the first two churches in Oakwood formed to serve the African American community. It was founded by the Reverend R.S. Kelsey, along with other prominent members of the African American community, including Arthur Reese, the official town decorator for Venice. 


Wilshire Colonnade
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Wilshire Colonnade

A monument to L.A. financier Howard F. Ahmanson and the third of Edward Durell Stone's buildings constructed on Wilshire Boulevard, Wilshire Colonnade is among Stone's finest achievements and a worthy tribute to a great patron of L.A. arts and culture.
Sportsmen's Lodge, 2015. Photo by Shane Swerdlow.

Sportsmen's Lodge

A rustic fixture on Ventura Boulevard for more than half a century, the Sportsmen's Lodge embodies the story of the San Fernando Valley.