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#133860 August 8th, 2005 at 10:57 AM
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Hi
Finally went and took some photos of the Neighborhood Church's Exterior, so you can all see why we picked this church. Only two interior shots though.

Sorry about the gloomy day! Most of my summer has looked like that. Duh

Head to my Webshots album:
http://community.webshots.com/user/mich1681

It's all in "Pre-Wedding"
http://community.webshots.com/album/352979018rttVIT

#133861 August 8th, 2005 at 11:27 AM
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Michele, it looks so lovely and serene there, a perfect setting for your Special Day!

Merme

#133862 August 8th, 2005 at 05:42 PM
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Beautiful photos Michele! I luv the garden photo with the bridge! That is going to make a lovely setting for portraits.. are you going to do some there?

Meg

#133863 August 9th, 2005 at 05:57 AM
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You look like a happy couple.

#133864 August 9th, 2005 at 06:01 AM
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Michelle,

Love that church. One thing I liked about Ca was all of the beautiful buildings and that is one of them.

#133865 August 9th, 2005 at 09:23 AM
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Man that is beautiful....
Tell them at the church who ever did it
has an awesome eye!!!!

You gotta ask for me,
what kind of tree is that,
AND HOW OLD IS IT????????

Love the updates!!!
thumbup thumbup thumbup cool clp

#133866 August 9th, 2005 at 09:35 AM
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Just started a Photobucket Album, so this is a test
http://photobucket.com/albums/a199/mich1681/

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#133867 August 9th, 2005 at 09:51 AM
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Yeah! It Worked!!

History of the Church Building:

It was a mansion. JJ Haggerty(wealthy merchant) built it in 1927 as his summmer place. It was designed in the fashion of villas along the Mediterranean. The building follows along the curve of the cliff and had 32 rooms in the origional plan. What today is the church sancutary was once a living room.

The grounds contained a formal garden (some of it is still left) and it had a privite pier, which is now mostly gone (only a few pilings left).

When the Haggerty business fell on hard times, the masion passed through several owners until Harry Wheeler bought it to house his art collection. When Harry died, his family didn't want the villa or the art, so it became a white elephant on the real estate market of 1949.

Finally the executors of the Wheeler estate accepted a bid from the members of the United Church of Christ, Neighborhood Church
(who had been meeting in members homes as they had no building) and the church finally had a home!

I don't know what the trees are out in front, but the old gardens (now a parking lot) had olive and palm trees.


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