No apparent slowdown in the expansion of the city's Korean churches: Last summer, the Glory Church of Jesus Christ moved into the Grand Olympic Auditorium at 18th and Grand and now LA Open Door Presbyterian Church is building new digs at 634 S. Westlake Avenue. Local architecture firm Gruen Associates (Sunset + Vine, the unbuilt Fig Central project) is behind the project, a development which takes up a fair portion of the street. Here's the description via Gruen's web site: "New facilities for this rapidly expanding congregation, located near Downtown Los Angeles, include a main sanctuary seating approximately 1,500, four hundred of which are in a balcony, a fellowship hall able to seat up to 600 in a banquet configuration, a nursery school for approximately 50 children, a gymnasium and administrative facilities. The sanctuary is designed to be recognizable as a church both inside and out, but executed in a contemporary manner. The new complex also incorporates an existing building to be renovated into the church school and additional administrative facilities." There is also underground parking for 330 cars, according to the description, while a rep for Gruen says the project is expected to be done by mid-2010.
· LA Open Door [Official Site]