Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Legacy Endures


The windstorm of 1887 destroyed the original Church of the Ascension, but it did not stop the members, who immediately began making plans for a new building. With Ernest A Coxhead as architect, and under his supervision, the parishoners did the bulk of the building of the new church themselves. At a cost of $5000.00, the foundation was constructed with boulders hauled up from Little Santa Anita Canyon, while some of the rest of the structure was made of douglas fir. Although the interior was not yet complete, the first service in the "new" church was held on November 11, 1888. Fanny Hawks was responsible for decorations, which included ferns and evergreens from her own gardens.  Thanks to the dedication of Miss Frances Hawks and her fellow parishoners, the church was rebuilt, and thrives to this day.  




(Source: The History of a Parish, by Catherine Turney)


14 comments:

  1. What a sweet little capture and place, Fanny Hawks really made her mark...I enjoyed the history tour!

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    1. Thank you, Lulu! It was a fun one to write. Hoping to do more Fanny Hawks posts. The book I have is rich with info on her.

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  2. Fantastic. Great building and even better knowing the history!

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    1. I always thought it was beautiful, but it is defintely more beautiful to me now that I'm learning more about it.

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  3. What a charming church! I love that it was built by the parishioners!

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    1. Isn't that something? Definitely a labor of love.

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  4. You are the best with history! Today's post, and yesterday's, tell us so much. This is so much more than just a building.

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    1. Oh, thanks, PB! I so love this building. Took both of these photos when you and I walked up there. (Oh, and I pre-ordered the book. Winky-smile!)

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  5. Looks like they built it strong enough to withstand any windstorm!
    Excellent photo.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! We had a horrible windstorm in 2011, and as far as I know it was fine. This one should live forever! (No windstorm can huff and puff and blow the church down...)

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  6. Sweet little bit of history. Awesome.

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    1. Isn't that a good story? She was an amazing woman.

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