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Friday, October 21, 2011



A few weeks ago before The Museum Board's meeting at the Christian Science Church in Van Nuys, Richard Hilton (Director of The Museum's tours - including historic Van Nuys) walk around Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church on Kittridge Street. Richard remarked about the Latin and Greek inscriptions at the bottoms of the church's bronze lamp posts. I've been to the church dozens of times, and never noticed the lamp post bases before.
This last week Art Jacob's, regular contributor to this blog visited the church and took photographs that I have never seemed to capture. I know we all will enjoy them, along with Art's reasons for his time there.
Bronze water fountain - St. Elizabeth's church - priests' residence- Photo by Art Jacobs 2011.

"Today I had the opportunity to visit St. Elizabeth Church in Van Nuys. The 8th grade class sponsored a rummage sale this weekend to raise funds towards their 8th grade project. Each 8th grader will make a food basket for St Elizabeth's parish families who cannot afford a Thanksgiving meal. After viewing the sale, Mrs Silvie Martin was nice enough to take me on a tour of the school and the Parish. St. Elizabeth has been serving the Van Nuys community since 1928.  
When the school opened under the Sister's of Providence from St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana it housed a two story building with four classrooms. Since then the school has expanded and currently serves students from pre-school to the 8th grade. St Elizabeth's is committed to providing all students with a well rounded education that will assist them in their future. The $400,000.00 sancturay was designed by George Adams; Architect and Roy Steed; Builder. The Catholic Parish with its 120 foot tower was completed in 1949 on the corner of Cedros Avenue and Kittridge Street. Father Patrick O'Dwyer officated at the laying of the cornerstone. I've included some photo's of the Parish, including  a cool bronze water sculture on the wall of the home for the residing Priest.
Hope all is well.       Art"

Stained glass window - Saint Catherine of Siena - Photo by Art Jacobs 2011

Chandelier - Saint Elizabeth's Catholic church - Van Nuys - Photo by Art Jacobs 2011.

Stained glass window - Saint Cyril of Alexandria - Photo by Art Jacobs 2011.

Interior of Saint Elizabeth Church in Van Nuys - facing the main altar - Stained glass window of Christ the King.  Photo by Art Jacobs 2011.  (click on images to enlarge)

Interior Saint Elizabeth Church in Van Nuys, California - facing north-west toward the Mary Altar - Photo by Art Jacobs 2011   (click on image to enlarge)

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