Monday, September 18, 2006

Soul's Harbor

Originally an art deco theater on the North side of Davis near Westmoreland, This building was apparently turned into Soul's Harbor Church by the early 60s, and the black and white photo is from 1963. This building is still a church, but I think sermons here are conducted in Spanish now.

Some of the original external detail is kept intact on this structure, such as the curved corners. This is another of the gracious ladies of the Deco period which was spared an interim as a porno theater. The structure and property are kept in good repair, and it's so nice to see an old structure that has continually been adapted for positive uses in the community, rather than falling into disrepair and disrepute. Long may she wave.

This site is west/southwest of downtown.


Blogger Myron said...

Neat bulding. Looks like they extended the second story and rounded the corner to match the ground floor and then squared the corner where the glass blocks were. Wonder why?

1:03 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Yeah, it is a neat building, but it DID look better before - now it's kind of plain. I don't know why they'd get rid of a fabulous feature like glass blocks, but maybe they were hard to maintain, or maybe a car crashed into them - there's no telling. Squaring the corners is a gooberoid thing to do to a deco building, though.

11:55 PM  
Blogger zannnie said...

the rounding of the corners looked nice:D

8:53 AM  
Anonymous John said...

great black and white, well done!

3:27 AM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

zannie - yeah - you've got to love the rounded corners on deco structures - it's an elegant touch

john - Oh, sorry - I should have said so - this is an image I found on the web, though I did say it was taken in 1963 - I wasn't born yet!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to church there as a kid in the '60s and '70s with my grandmother.

If you think the outside is neat, you should have seen the interior at that time. It was great church! They really didn't change much from the time that it was a theater. The sloped floor really lended itself well for church services.

Also at that time I remember that the cross was neon and it leaned out over the side walk at an angle.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said
I went there when I was a teenager
back in the 60's. It was a
wonderful place to go to church.
The inside was very beautiful. I too remember the cross.The times sure change things.

9:22 AM  

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